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Posted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:08 pm 
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XF S-Pac Bar Graph Fuel Gauge. Old one was playing up. Was reading "correct contents" but would go black, flicker, flash empty - then go back to correct contents etc. Bought another cluster on e-bay and swapped over the module. All is working fine except the gauge now reads about 1/3 full when it is EMPTY. Reads full of course when it is full. Thought the economy had improved a bit till run out of petrol on the freeway. Is there any calibration adjustment anywhere?? BTW this is a wagon if it makes any difference??

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:15 pm 
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Might not help too much, but I had simila when I first replaced the cluster in my own wagon. But it's kind of settled down over time.

So it could just be the cluster settling in...?

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:58 pm 
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Thanks Trainman,

It has been the same for about 2 weeks now. sigh.... Might have to hit ebay again for another one. Anyone in Perth got one of these lying about...

 

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Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:22 am 
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fuel sender unit?
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Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 11:05 pm 
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XFSteve wrote:
Thanks Trainman,

It has been the same for about 2 weeks now. sigh.... Might have to hit ebay again for another one. Anyone in Perth got one of these lying about...


Yeah, mine went on for about 3-4 tanks before it settled down. I still don't trust the gauge, but it gives an idea of what's left.

 

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:04 pm 
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Have been told that these guages are self calibrating and that once the tank has been filled two or three times the gauge takes it as full and sets the empty point. Had a look at the old cluster module and with the assistance of an electronics engineer could not accredit this module with that ability. Put in another sender unit and from an empty tank put in 10lt at a time until full. Gauge read FULL. Syphoned out 20lt and still read FULL. Syphoned out another 20lt and the gauge read one sector of the bar graph over 1/2 full. "That means that the tank holds about 90lt??? Ha Ha. Still looking for another cluster module?? Any other thoughts anyone.....

 

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Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 7:13 pm 
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i was pretty sure that the xf fonts and ZL`laines got the 80+ L fuel tank?

Ask intercepter on tank size - im sure he will know :P

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:31 pm 
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XF ghias and Zl 'lanes and FE LTD's all had the 85 L fuel tank.

Optional on other sedans for long range purposes or the EFI engine option was selected then the big fuel tank went with it.

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:06 pm 
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nope, 80L, and if you got 80L in it, think yourself lucky that you made it into the servo

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:08 pm 
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I have an 1985 XF Ghia specification sheet and showroom brochure clearly states an 85 Litre tank - but whatever mate, its a big tank. I got 85L into my ZK classic once.

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:57 am 
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Thanks Guys. I will keep monitoring it (with a spare drum of fuel in the back). I am going to fill it up at the pump next time as soon as it shows half full and see what the pump says is half a tank :D

 

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Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 10:56 am 
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I drive to the servo and get in over 80 litres every time.

I have an 82 XE GL Sedan
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Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:18 pm 
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i dont think i ever managed to squeeze in 80+ L into ne of my fairlanes.. and i had them beeping empty at me...

i think the most i eer got in was 70L... (man that was an expensive day...)

 

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try replacying the sender unit

 

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 Post subject: Try fixing the old cluster
Posted: Mon May 01, 2006 6:34 pm 
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My XF also blacks out etc. and has been through phases of very erroneous fuel readouts that seem to self-correct after a bit. I think the reason they black out is because of the button used to toggle between oil/voltage and fuel/temp. This presses direct on the solder track and cracks it. This is only a theory that I haven't checked as I have been too lazy to remove the unit. Since you have the unit out already I would suggest taking a look at this area of the circuitry and if it is cracked - solder it back up and put the original back. I think the guage is dependent on a resistor to calibrate the voltage from the sender, so if you have a unit from a sedan and the wagon has a bigger tank, you may have problems.
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