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Old 04-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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EK Civic fuel gauge needle slow

Hi guys,

I have a 1998 Civic, it now appears that one of the previous owners had replaced the cluster with one from a 1999 Civic, I was told the reason was the fuel gauge stopped working.

Now the current gauge, it works, but it's really slow and it doesnt fall back down when the key is off. So basically it's stuck in the last position it was at before the car was shut down until it is started again.
I know that it works because I saw it go from 3/4 to 1/2, and that it moves according to the angle of the hill i am driving on.

I took the cluster apart and it seems like the needle doesnt move freely like all the other ones, because the other ones will fall back to zero on their own. Like it's sort of seized.

Is there any way to free up the needle and have it rotating at normal speed?

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:00 PM   #2
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If there was an issue with the fuel level on 2 clusters, I'd check the sender. Just disconnect the plug and see what the gauge does.

Short of that, it wouldn't really bother me, how fast the gauge goes down after I shut off the car, as long as it works while I'm driving.
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I took the whole cluster out and the needle is still at 1/2, the last position it was at :P
But it works, i guess!
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for the ek's
the fuel needle doesnt go down when the car is off..
it just stays at how much gas there is at all times.
so there's nothing wrong with your cluster.

does it go to full when you fill up a full tank?
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:30 PM   #5
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"NOTE:
The fuel gauge is a bobbin (cross-coil) type, hence the fuel level is continuously indicated even when the ignition switch is OFF, and the
pointer moves more slowly than that of a bimetal type."

That's right out of the 98 civic service manual
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Integra fuel gauge also does that.
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:57 AM   #7
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Ohhh i see
That's cool. Thanks guys!
Yeah it does go to full when i fill up
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