1998 Cadillac El Dorado Whacky fuel gauge

Tiny
ZASTRO
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  • 1998 CADILLAC EL DORADO
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 79,000 MILES
My fuel gauge moves around anywhere from empty to full. My miles to empty changes along with the gauge going whacky. I suspected the sending unit, but mechanic is telling me it's the BCM. I haven't been able to confirm this issue being caused by a faulty BCM. It's a spendy repair. Any thoughts from you fine folks?
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Friday, March 12th, 2010 AT 6:01 PM

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Tiny
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I would speculate it is the sender, it is more probable than the PZM(body control module), although that is another player in the game. What was his diagnosis to determine it is the BCM? There is this bulletin on the sender, pasted for your review;
#83-83-10A: FUEL GAUGE FLUCTUATES BETWEEN FULL AND EMPTY - (Sep 17, 1998)

REVISION: 09/16/98 DIVS INVL 3 4 6 7

THIS BULLETIN IS BEING REVISED TO CHANGE MODEL INFORMATION, REPAIR PROCEDURE AND ADD PART AND LABOR TIME INFORMATION. PLEASE DISCARD CORPORATE BULLETIN NUMBER 83-83-10 (SECTION 8 - CHASSIS/BODY ELECTRICAL) ______________________________________________________________________

SUBJECT: FUEL GAUGE FLUCTUATES BETWEEN FULL AND EMPTY WHEN TANK IS FULL (INSTALL FUEL LEVEL SENSOR KIT)

MODELS: 1998 BUICK PARK AVENUE 1998 CADILLAC DEVILLE, ELDORADO, SEVILLE 1998 OLDSMOBILE AURORA

CONDITION:

SOME CUSTOMERS MAY COMMENT ABOUT THE FOLLOWING -

1. THE FUEL GAUGE READS EMPTY WHEN TANK IS FULL; AND/OR

2. THE FUEL GAUGE FLUCTUATES BETWEEN FULL AND EMPTY WHEN TANK IS FULL.

CAUSE:

THIS CONDITION MAY BE DUE TO CONTAMINATION BUILD UP IN THE RESISTIVE INK OF THE FUEL SENDER ASSEMBLY'S FUEL LEVEL SENSOR CERAMIC CARD.

CORRECTION:

REPLACE THE FUEL LEVEL SENSOR IN THE FUEL SENDER ASSEMBLY.
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