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Thankyou. Im starting to see and accept that.


15 l/100km with 35 inch tyres. Oodles of power and 3 tonnes and roof rack isnt bad at all.

I have two mates in 100 series 1hdfte and they average 14.6l/100 as well

So in relative terms. We are doing alright

my prado v6 started seeing 17.8 around suburbs with 2 inch lift and roof rack and bullbar
tyres definitely sap the power particularly if your still running tall diff gears. power vs economy will always be a hard trade off as well when we try squeeze 20psi + into it. we also forget, how old the engine is. in its day, i'm guessing no one gave a hoot about economy.

i'm more intrigued in the fuel gauge. the different K's to different points of the gauge is one thing, its the needle never going over the f line and going below the e prior to the light coming on that has me stumped. If my needle just touches the e the light comes straight on.I would think this would be a consistent thing with all patrols, particularly if they're the same engine, body and year.
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Yeah my gauge is iffy

Ive had the car for slightly over a year now

Bought it off a Diesel Mechanic who has a workshop in Sydney.

Was the wifes car

It was originally a Zd30

They drove it for awhile until he found a same year model same colour car and did the swap over . 2003 model.

He said it was easy because it was a complete t boned car.

So Im curious if something isnt perfect like earthing or just a dodgy cluster and gauge?

For me. It goes past the last line. Then stays there abit then light comes on.

I have ran another negative earth strap to the top of the radiator support. anice fat cable.

Made sure original one is clean
Checked earth cable in drivers kick panel already.
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I guess worse case which isnt bad is just learn thats my norm. Learn the reference points of where the gauge is and roughly kms I am at.
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Talking TD42(ti) and fuel gauges.

1. If I fill the main tank (90ltr) to the point of seeing fuel in the filler hose I can get up to 80-90km before the needle drops back to the full line on road trips and more like 50km city driving.

2. In the 8 years of owning and driving my truck I have never seen a fuel light come on when even when the needle drops on or past the last empty line. Just wondering if such a light exists on 03 ute gauge and if so whatís the average amount of kms people got if/when the light comes on.

10/20/40??
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Talking TD42(ti) and fuel gauges.

1. If I fill the main tank (90ltr) to the point of seeing fuel in the filler hose I can get up to 80-90km before the needle drops back to the full line on road trips and more like 50km city driving.

2. In the 8 years of owning and driving my truck I have never seen a fuel light come on when even when the needle drops on or past the last empty line. Just wondering if such a light exists on 03 ute gauge and if so whatís the average amount of kms people got if/when the light comes on.

10/20/40??
Hi Jon, my old 2000GU wagon has a low fuel light, I would have thought all models had it, only seen it twice in 19 years but it does work, from memory you get around 60k after you first see it.
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Talking TD42(ti) and fuel gauges.

1. If I fill the main tank (90ltr) to the point of seeing fuel in the filler hose I can get up to 80-90km before the needle drops back to the full line on road trips and more like 50km city driving.

2. In the 8 years of owning and driving my truck I have never seen a fuel light come on when even when the needle drops on or past the last empty line. Just wondering if such a light exists on 03 ute gauge and if so whatís the average amount of kms people got if/when the light comes on.

10/20/40??

Definitely there. Has come on twice for me lol
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Talking TD42(ti) and fuel gauges.

1. If I fill the main tank (90ltr) to the point of seeing fuel in the filler hose I can get up to 80-90km before the needle drops back to the full line on road trips and more like 50km city driving.

2. In the 8 years of owning and driving my truck I have never seen a fuel light come on when even when the needle drops on or past the last empty line. Just wondering if such a light exists on 03 ute gauge and if so what’s the average amount of kms people got if/when the light comes on.

10/20/40??
Yes I can verify that ST utes have low fuel light. Well my 05 does.
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i can confirm whilst odd, do not. i have a mate that has run his dry and never seen a light. it was an 01dx.

there has been some talk on here about some utes not having them. never really payed much attention though
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i can confirm whilst odd, do not. i have a mate that has run his dry and never seen a light. it was an 01dx.

there has been some talk on here about some utes not having them. never really payed much attention though
DX explains it all.

DX is the povo pack. They lack every feature lol
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DX explains it all.

DX is the povo pack. They lack every feature lol
My son has a 99 dx ute. Will have to ask him.
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Thanks guys. Mine is also a DX so will be interested in what comes out in the mix.

Regardless of povo pack or not, a fuel light shouldn’t be regarded as a “feature” in 2003!
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Thanks guys. Mine is also a DX so will be interested in what comes out in the mix.

Regardless of povo pack or not, a fuel light shouldn’t be regarded as a “feature” in 2003!
absolutely. No offence intended my friend. I was only joking.

Fuel light should be a standard feature that can come under safety.

Im sure you should have the light. I never ever seen a car without a empty amber fuel light!
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Judging by the pic.
Can I bend the float further downwards?
So when its full the sender is reading a tad fuller?
My one could just be out of shape

Also I see a Earth cable there?

I read that you pull the carpet up
So I start from the edge where the barn doors are to get the the circle with the screws?

is it hard?
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also are they two fuel return lines. If I lift it out will I get air into the system?
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I just calculated i got 11.5L/100km even though when my guage was at 3/4 i had travelled 120km
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Just back from a 1000k round trip after having seemingly fixed permanently the earthing issue that has plagued my fuel gauge which caused 1/2 full to be empty. Anyway, at 50-60k the needle moves from empty, 210-220k it hits 1/4 and double that to hit 1/2. To top that off I got 10.6L/100k, been a while since I've gotten back into 10's, new turbo is working great .
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also are they two fuel return lines. If I lift it out will I get air into the system?
1 return line. Yes you will get air in the system. Clamp the larger line near the outlet before you disconnect it and you will get minimal air in it. Return line doesn't matter.

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I'm pretty sure Ive fixed my wonky fuel needle, still have to put a few more ks on it to make defiantly sure but so far so good. How I fixed was I fitted a earth cable from body to chassis.. the same way geeyoutoo did.
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my one starts from a lower point. At the full line rather than above it to the right

I have bent the fuel sender float twice to readjust

Trying to run the tank empty to see how it calibrates with this cowboy way lol

Its looking good so far.
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1 return line. Yes you will get air in the system. Clamp the larger line near the outlet before you disconnect it and you will get minimal air in it. Return line doesn't matter.

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Thanks Skeg

I didnt even do that twice and its been okay lol

Appreciate the tip
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