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Gas gauge light problem

Postby cbach89 - March 11th, 2013, 1:48 pm

Hey everyone,
I couldn't find any info about this problem on the Internet, thought someone might know..
Recently the light on my gas gauge meter is not working. Every light on the dash cluster works even the gas gauge needle except for the meter which shows the full - empty increments.
Thanks for your help!
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby tang - March 11th, 2013, 6:39 pm

I'm guessing a burnt-out bulb. They can be replaced if you're up for doing some minor dismantling of the dashboard.

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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby GrandmasCar - March 14th, 2013, 1:46 pm

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I just did this in my '04 but for the odometer light. I believe we all have the same size bulbs.

Once you pop a few bolts out (6) it's a really easy job. There was no disassembly required for me, the bulbs were in plastic holders that just twisted out the back of the instrument panel.
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby 091106A - March 15th, 2013, 5:16 am

Hello
I been having the same issue for the last year or so but for me it's the tempeture gauge - a few taps on the dashboard worked for me. I might add try hitting it a little harder this may work for you. Your bulb may just be loose not burnt out althought I wouldn't rule that out as well.

Prior to this I would loose the second half of the speedo gauge which has been working as it should lately. :bic:
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby tomw - March 15th, 2013, 11:24 am

The bulbs are priced as if they were made using some unobtainium. Five bucks for two bulbs that are tiny. That said, I'd quit with the thumping, as you may damage the dash padding if you get too rambunctious, or may damage the gauges... Cheaper to spend the $5, and remove the 6 screws. Two on the underside of the top panel, then four for the gauge assembly. You don't even have to disconnect the wiring as there is enough slack to access the back panel and the bulb holders. It is a quick job.
I looked in the shop manual, and feared for a bit that the panel had to be connected to a Ford only device to keep the memory alive whenever the panel was removed as it was stated ambiguously in the instructions for removal and replacement. Key was 'replacement' as the stored information would have to be programmed into the new panel.
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby GrandmasCar - March 15th, 2013, 12:29 pm

Yep. You'll lose your trip odometer (I use it to track how many miles I get per tank), but it's just reset to zero when disconnected.

The bulbs are in little plastic holders that twist into place - could be that one of them is loose, and by tapping it you're re-establishing contact.

I'd take it off and take a look, it's easy enough
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby cbach89 - March 15th, 2013, 2:40 pm

thanks guys, will try this today, maybe put some LEDS/change the color while I'm at it, has anyone done this before?
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby tomw - March 16th, 2013, 9:41 am

Grandmascar, take note of my experience wrt trip meter memory loss:

"You don't even have to disconnect the wiring as there is enough slack to access the back panel and the bulb holders. "

This is the simplest and easiest instrument panel bulb change I have ever done in a long history of working on cars & trucks.

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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby goldash03 - March 17th, 2013, 12:27 am

Actually, that's a light that i wish would never turn on, but unfortunately it turns on often.....sometimes to often! :D
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Re: Gas gauge light problem

Postby cbach89 - March 17th, 2013, 9:39 pm

This was a simple repair thanks for the help!
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