The Wonky One
Ive got a 2000 2.2 S10 5spd. For a long time now the gas guage has acted funny but recently its just gone on the fritz hardcore. It will have short spells of reading incorrectly (full or empty, nothing else) but they usually go away after a gas tank or two. Ive gone through twice that many full tanks now and its still reading incorrectly. Its hard to tell when im actually empty and its caught me off guard a few times now. Im where i think i MIGHT be low on gas and then guage will read from its incorrect FULL and fall to completely empty and the low fuel light will turn on. When i fill up, i find out i still had a few gallons left (my normal fill is 14 gallons, when it reads incorrectly and falls to empty its usually at 11 or 12 gallons that i fill up). I read somewhere that the sender or fuel level float or something like that has to be replaced with a different type...something about its little metal brushes or something weird like that...im not sure. I need to figure this out because its driving me nuts. I know the pre-98 2nd gen s10s had a fuel level buffer behind the glove compartment somewhere that would fix this. However thats not an option here. What do i need to do? Im hoping this isnt a pricey fix because i have no money lol.