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Old February 16th, 2015, 12:37 AM
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VDO Fuel Gauge--does it see in "real time"?

I installed a VDO fuel gauge today and I was surprised at the readings. I think that it is reading the right level of gas, but any turn, brake, acceleration, ETC... shows up immediately and the gauge reflects this. I believe even sloshing in the tank is showing up. Anyone else experience this?
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Old February 16th, 2015, 04:57 AM
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Ground issue. Does the reading change when you turn on the headlights or wipers?
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Old February 16th, 2015, 07:30 AM
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I installed a VDO fuel gauge today and I was surprised at the readings. I think that it is reading the right level of gas, but any turn, brake, acceleration, ETC... shows up immediately and the gauge reflects this. I believe even sloshing in the tank is showing up. Anyone else experience this?
Mine moves like this too. I assumed its normal.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 08:19 AM
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Thanks-- I'll check out the grounds.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 08:28 AM
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mine does the same thing when it is at about 1/4 of a tank per the gauge...I assumed this was normal - with the float
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Old February 16th, 2015, 08:56 AM
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Yes, stock did this as well
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Old February 16th, 2015, 09:22 AM
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The stock gauge gas more dampening of the signal so you do not notice it as much.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 07:30 AM
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My stock gauge has dampening, but you still see it in hard turns, etc.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 08:49 AM
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Mine does this as well. It will swing wildly when I turn but will return to normal relatively quickly. I figured it was normal operation.
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First time D90 owner.. and after fueling up for 1st time, I noticed the fuel gauge needle "sways" slightly (between full and 3/4 part of gauge) when car turns/accel/brakes.

It sounds like the swaying is normal, and the behavior is likely from the sender unit and not the gauge(s). I was thinking of replacing factory gauges with VDO... but VDO gauges would not solve that. Correct? Thanks!
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First time D90 owner.. and after fueling up for 1st time, I noticed the fuel gauge needle "sways" slightly (between full and 3/4 part of gauge) when car turns/accel/brakes.

It sounds like the swaying is normal, and the behavior is likely from the sender unit and not the gauge(s). I was thinking of replacing factory gauges with VDO... but VDO gauges would not solve that. Correct? Thanks!
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Just enjoy some of the many quirks of owning a defender before going and trying to change them all at once your first week of ownership.
Seriously, I reset my Odometer with every fill up and figure out approximate mileage/tank just go keep me sane.
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fuel gauge

The tank gauge is only to remind you to set the trip odometer,the odometer is there to remind you to be wearing comfortable shoes at about 200 miles
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The tank gauge is only to remind you to set the trip odometer,the odometer is there to remind you to be wearing comfortable shoes at about 200 miles
lol ain't that the truth.

Years ago in my first 94 ST (#444 which I miss dearly), I drove from OC (LA) to SD downtown many times a week ... roughly 200 miles per trip

Those years when gas crept up towards $5/gallon were super fun
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Lol. Thanks for the humorous reality check.
As a German car owner, new to Defenders, I need to look at my D90 relationship very differently.

Btw, I assume the having to slam the door twice before it shuts it's also the norm?
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My gauges are very accurate. Doors can be adjusted.
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Btw, I assume the having to slam the door twice before it shuts it's also the norm?
Check the door strike on the frame. On the round horizontal part there is a clear plastic around a portion of it. It wears out, it's to keep down the metal to metal contact & subsequent rattling. If the plastic is no longer tight on the round horizontal post, it will make the door hard to fully latch on the first slam shut
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If you get real low, don't take right turns fast.....fuel starvation happens quickly....
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Just enjoy some of the many quirks of owning a defender before going and trying to change them all at once your first week of ownership.
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