1500 Fuel gauge shows FULL but does not move

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1500 Fuel gauge shows FULL but does not move

Post by callieh » Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:10 am


My 1500's fuel gauge drops to zero when the engine is off, and on startup it goes right up to FULL. But it stays there - does not drop as fuel is consumed, even when the tank is right doen to empty. I have to use the kilometres travelled to calculate when to refuel - which is obviously not so good !

Obviously the needle is not STUCK as it would then not move down when the egine is switched off. Not would it move up when the bike starts.

Any ideas on what can be wrong ?

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Re: 1500 Fuel gauge shows FULL but does not move

Post by RBGERSON » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:21 am

Float in the tank cold be stuck..in the up left hand front or the gauge/wiring is grounded.shorted so ohms are high/lo I forget which way it goes... :( and it reads full


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Re: 1500 Fuel gauge shows FULL but does not move

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:54 pm

There is a yellow/white wire that runs from the fuel gauge to the fuel sender on the left side of the fuel tank. If this wire is pinched and shorted to ground at any point, the fuel gauge will show F at all times.

Disconnect this yellow/white wire from the fuel sender. If the fuel gauge stays at F, then the wire is shorted to ground somewhere between there and the fuel gauge. If the fuel gauge goes down to E when you disconnect the yellow/white wire from the fuel sender, then the fuel sender is bad.

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Re: 1500 Fuel gauge shows FULL but does not move

Post by MikeB » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:06 pm

4 - 10 OHMS at the sender and it reads Full
90 - 100 OHMS at the sender and it is on Empty

This from the Electrical Troubleshooting Manual page 7-2

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