2002 Suburban-replacing fuel level sensor

Tiny
JWILLIAMSJW
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My 2002 Suburban has had delays recently starting up when the engine is cold. It acts like it's trying to start when you turn the key, but would take 5-10 seconds to actually start. Sometimes it wouldn't start on the first time, but then when you turn the key again it would start right up.

Then one morning it wouldn't start at all. Towed it to the dealer, and they said we were out of gas. They added 5 gallons & it started. They said the resistance on our fuel level sensor is out of range, and needs to be replaced. (Gauge shows 1/2 tank when it's empty.)

My question is, they said they have to pull the gas tank out to replace the sensor, but someone told me that after 1997 manufacturers put an access panel on the tanks that make it so you don't have to pull the tank out to replace the sensor. Which is it? Does $550 sound right for replacing the fuel sensor? Is this something a non-dealership mechanic can easily do (estimate of $350)?

Thanks,
John
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Thursday, November 9th, 2006 AT 10:17 AM

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Tiny
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Sorry for the late reply.

My info says you have to drop the gas tank. Different shops charge different labor rates. I'd call around different shops and get estimates.

I realize this is an old post. In the future hope you don't have any vehicle issues, but, if you do, keep the site in mind. They are always working to improve the site and it's free to ask a question.

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