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Old 11-29-2022, 07:52 AM
Southern Pete Southern Pete is offline
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: England
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I like to have a mechanical gauge that works, I find it just takes away one of those nagging doubts. I have had,
No reliable gauges - I didn't like the uncertainty
Automotive gauges and senders - OK initially but gave up
Van's gauges & senders - accurate, especially when it mattered, and reliable most of the time
EFIS gauges with Van's senders - too complicated to set up and trying to be too clever
UMA gauges (below) with Van's senders - only 18 months in seem to be doing OK.
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Old 11-29-2022, 01:24 PM
gasman gasman is offline
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Location: Sonoma County
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That gauge would be better if it had no level markings except for full and empty.
VAF #897 Warren Moretti
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Old 12-13-2022, 10:30 AM
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reak reak is offline
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Location: Loveland Colorado
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My Vans fuel gauges never worked and I tracked the problem to engine start. During the start the battery voltage dropped to below 7 volts and when this happened (often) the fuel gauges quit working and would not restart until a power down. I proved this by removing the fuel gauzes and replicating the problem on the bench with a viable power supply. My conclusion is that itís a design flaw but a silly workaround would have been to power the gauges through a NC push button switch. When the problem happens after startup, push the button and the gauges would reset and work fine. I choose to buy another brand of fuel gauge instead.
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Loveland, CO
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