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Hi all,
Just last week I replaced my EGR Valve (had DTC32). After I put the new one in I have been experiencing abnormally high idle. When I start the car in the morning it races to 1500 RPM. Once it's warmed up it is at around 1000 RPM. Could this be a leak in the EGR Tube? I will be checking that out tonight after work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

On another note, this morning on my ride into work I noticed that my gas light was lighting up. Looked at the gas gauge and it was reading 3/4 tank which is right. Then after watching it for awhile it would dip and the gas light would light up then it would return to normal, dip again, and so on. It did it at lunch too. What could this be? It was fine yesterday. The only difference between today and yesterday is that it is raining today. Could there be a loose connection or is my fuel sending unit starting to die. The car is still running great though. I just had the fuel pump replaced and they took out the relay to bleed the pressure from the system. Could it be that relay? I would think that the car would suffer some performance issues if it was the relay cutting out...

Anyway, Thanks in Advance,
Kyle

[ June 21, 2001: Message edited by: swartlkk ]
 

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I've had the same problem with the gas gauge light and needle. it doesn't appear to affect performance... it's been doing it in mine for at least 4 months.
The gas gauge is usually right, so I haven't gotten stuck or anything.
 

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on the first start in the morning, no matter what the ambient temp is, my 3.5 always hits about 1500, after which it settles down to a more normal 600 or 700. after the first start it fires right up to about 500 and stays there
 

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I've had a similar problem with the gas guage jumping around. Usually starts after the 1/2 tank mark. Sometimes it's indicating right below 1/2 a tank and other times it's almost empty. I didn't bother with it until it was at about 1/8 left and the engine started dying out from no gas :)

Had the trep in recently for some repairs (had a short warranty from the used car dealer) and they ran the VIN for a list of recalls that may have been causing the hard starting prob I've been having since day one. Turns out my trep still had the bad fuel rail I've heard so much about.. have an appointment with the local Dodge dealership to get it swapped out ASAP.

Doubt it has much to do with the gas guage but ya never know.. :)

Cheers,
Doc
 

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Ive had the same problem with the fuel gauge but its really nothing to worry about.

it usually goes back to where it usually is and as for the cold starts that is normal for all treps i toguth something was wrong with my car but the dealer told me its because the oil and the liquids has to work harder to heat up and then after that it goes down
 

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The gas gauge in my '93 Intrepid is doing the same thing. I've owned the car for two years, and the gauge was always a little erratic, especially at the lower levels, but recently, it was showing to have about 1/8 tank, and I ran out. From the posts on here descibing pretty much the same thing, this sounds like a common problem. Could it be the sending unit going bad? Maybe this is something that DC should consider for another recall.
 

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Sorry to say it, but there will never be a recall on the fuel level sending unit in our cars. No matter how many of them fail! This is because it is not a safety issue. The car will not blow up in a ball of flames if the gauge does not work. The sensor is ~60-70 bucks for a new one. Nothing aftermarket yet, but if there is enough demand there maybe in the future. The only kicker is that you have to take out the fuel pump to get the sending unit out...

Has anyone had a fuel pump failure with these 1st Gen's yet? I am just wondering if it would be worth your/my time to replace the ([email protected]#*) $200+ fuel pump while I am in there. Or should I just leave everything alone and fill up when my trip meter gets to around 400 miles???
 
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