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Milkdud

Gas Gauge

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Milkdud

The gas gauge on my boat does not read properly. When I fill the tank up the needle goes way beyond the Full line. When I bought this boat a used (2001 Lund Pro Sport) the guy never told me about the bad gauge and I ran out of gas eight miles out on Lake of the Woods because when the gauge reads a little under a half a tank your out of gas. Is there a way to re-calibrate the gauge or do I need to buy a new one? How do you install a new gas gauge if I do need to?

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marine_man

The problem probably isn't the gas gauge - it's the sender.

You can buy replacement senders and probably have better luck bending the length of the sender yourself and get a little better accuracy.

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Milkdud

How do you reach the gas tank? I believe it is under the floor in my boat? Any tips in how to chsnge a sending unit?

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Scoot

Duddly, I believe it's under the center panel in your floor. You just have to pull the screws out and lift the board. Replacing the sending unit is very easy- remove the wires connected to it (write down EXACTLY how they're connected, don't try remember it- draw a diagram), remove several screws, pop out the old sending unit, go to a marine dealership and get a new one (bring some lube, because it's going to be way more pricey than a little unit like that should be), pop it in, put in screws and wires- viola!

I believe the floats on them can go bad- does anyone ever just replace the floats? I assume you're generally better off replacing the whole unit since you're in there, huh?

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marine_man

I'd replace the whole sender... 95% of the time it's the sender itself and not the float - and if you're going to open up the floor and mess with it I'd just as soon replace it.

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RonZych

I'm having the same type problem on my Smoker Craft. It shows full when I fill it but stops going down once it gets down to half full. I hope I have a center board with easy access. confused.gif

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Milkdud

Thanks Scoot I will give that a try!

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kunk

RonZych,

Check the floor in your Smokercraft for an access cover. Mine's right over the wiring to the tank. No need to take out the centerboard.

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RonZych

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Check the floor in your Smokercraft for an access cover. Mine's right over the wiring to the tank. No need to take out the centerboard.


Thanks for the info, I will check once it stops raining. grin.gif

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