Question about 1998 Chevrolet Malibu
FUEL GAUGE FUSE IS THE INSTRUMENT PANEL CONTROL FUSE WHICH WOULD BE IPC BFC AND ACC FUSE.YOUR PROBLEM IN THE FUEL TANK.YOUR FUEL LEVEL SENDING UNIT NOT WORKING. PROBLEM NOT FUSE BECAUSE YOUR FUEL GAUGE IS WITH THE WHOLE CLUSTER CIRCUIT.IF FUSE BLOWED NONE OF THE GAUGES WOULD WORK.
Posted on Nov 27, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The fuse usually runs the entire instrument cluster, they would not be guage specific, if your cluster fuse was blown then your hole cluster and other accessories would not be functioning. You can pull the fuses out one by one and inspect them, it should be pretty obvious if one is blown, I do not think this is your problem however.
The problem could also be in the cluster itself, if you pull the cluster out and inspect the circuit board check for burnt wire traces to the fuel guage, if you discover one you can fix this easily by resoldering the trace with a soldering iron and some solder, just be careful not to overheat the board. This condition can happen when an accesory gets shorted out and it burns the circuit trace on the board.
The only other thing that may be wrong is the sending unit for the fuel guage or a broken wire between the sending unit and guage. You can test the guage once you pull the cluster, if you ground out the guage it will show full, this will let you know the guage itself is ok. The sending unit is in the tank, I would check everything else before checking the sending unit as you will have to pull the tank to do that. It is not hard to pull the tank, I believe it is just held on by two straps and then you disconnect the wires and gas fill tube and return lines and the tank is down. Make sure if you drop the tank you get most of the gas out of it because gasolene is really heavy when you are lying on your back wrestling with a tank. Have a small hysdralic jack or floor jack handy and this can assist you in lowering and raising the tank.
The instrument cluster is not hard to take out to inspect, just start looking for screws in the area, you will have to take the trim pieces off and such, but it is not really a hard job and should only take about 45 minutes once you find all the screws. inspection of the circuit board won't take long either.
Posted on Apr 08, 2010
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