Re: [classicrv] gas gauge didn't work
- While I'm at it I'll describe a problem I had with my gas tank not
registering on the gauge...
a handy friend actually took out the 'float' to inspect it...it is just a
little thin metal cap that looks like it would snap onto a flask, dome shaped
metal....there is a wire hook around an indentation about 1/3 down from the top
is the end of the 'arm' that is a mechanical way of telling the height of the
gas in the tank..
that wire had worn a hole in the curved indented area so undoubtedly the
'float' didn't float any more!!! this mechanic had never seen that before, we
replaced that and filled up and the gauge works!!!
During that time of it not working I ran out of gas and about 4 days later
stopped the van as normal and it would NOT start..... It happened at RV's R US
in Largo, within St. Petersburg...I had stopped to shop in their tiny store..
THEY couldn't figure out what had happened so I had it towed home.
My neighbor tested the main gas pump and it was shot...
it must have been junk from the gas tank
so be careful even if the gauge works not to get too low on the gauge, it
could be a little off and you could suck up some junk from the bottom and ruin
Susie in Tampa
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, susiea1000@a... wrote:
> While I'm at it I'll describe a problem I had with my gas tank notbeen junk from the gas tank .....and you could suck up some junk from
> registering on the gauge...
> My neighbor tested the main gas pump and it was shot...it must have
the bottom and ruin the pump......
I would have to conclude the fuel pump was about ready to quit anyway,
or it would have survived. I would also presume your tank has enough
rust in it that you should be sure to have a fuel filter in the line,
between-the-tank-and-the-fuel-pump, and even carry extra fuel filters
on trips. And mount the filter where it can easily be reached from the
outside. The fine rust particles from a typically rusted RV fuel tank
can clog up a fuel filter in less than 100 miles of lumpy interstate -
like parts of I-10 across Lousiana were. Or they might last thousands
of miles too. I dont know how old your RV is, but I intend to
replace my fuel pump each ten years. I carry spare fuel filters (note
the plural) on long trips, the plastic kind I can see into, and check
how much reddish rust silt is in it. We get between 50 mi. to 6000
mi. to a fuel filter on my 72 Winnebago.
P.S. I would never mount a plastic fuel filter between the fuel pump
and the carburetor; thats the pressurized part of the fuel system.