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Dan Buddy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:03 pm    Post subject: Gas Gauge Reply with quote

So if your gas gauge goes out how do you tell if its the sender in the tank or a wiring issue?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Odds are, it's the sender. Either that or a rear rack mount is crushing the sender wire. I don't know anyone who has a Stella for any length of time who hasn't had gas gauge problems.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Gas Gauge Reply with quote

Dan Buddy wrote:
So if your gas gauge goes out how do you tell if its the sender in the tank or a wiring issue?

you must be having an issue again

im busy this weekend but maybe we can get togehter one of these days when i can bring olive in to town and try to plug my sender into yours and see what we get

im going to try and have olive in town on the 6th for the season opener we may have a ride after but we are also haveing a planning meeting that day too

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a digital multimeter and a little time, you can tell where the problem is.

Lazy way to check is to remove the cap under the seat that covers the piece that goes into the tank and pull that up and out. Then put the Red/Black on the DMM on the 2 leads, set the DMM to the right setting (I think ohms) and move the switch. It it shows something happened, it's most likely your gauge or the wiring leading to it.

When mine had issues, I pulled it out and cleaned it, checked to make sure the floater was not filled with gas, and put it back and it worked fine after.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, I gave up on looking at the gas gauge. I just get a feel for how far ive ridden and fill up accordingly.

Mine gauge says im empty when its really half full so meh
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cmac wrote:
Eh, I gave up on looking at the gas gauge. I just get a feel for how far ive ridden and fill up accordingly.

Mine gauge says im empty when its really half full so meh


I rode all of last year that way. I was filling up every 125 miles knowing I could get about 150ish before I would hit reserve but if I can fix this issue without spending too much I would like too.

And yes I did crush the wire when I installed my rack but I have cut out the affected section and it still doesn't work.

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