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Old 21 March 2005, 10:36   #11
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fuel gauges

Hi scotty, glad to see you using it. The boat had 240 ish litres when I delivered it to you, the likyhood is that it may need to be recalibrated as it always worked depressingly well. Just before we sold it the trim metre was renewed as it had never been operational and I wanted it all shiny for sale.

Theres a chance that somewhere along the line it was reset as when I used it it was set to litres.

The best way is to refil and recalibrate at the same time to full then test it by running, if theres no drop in ltres there must be a fault in the sender which is located in the small awkward black deck hatch under your left foot.
definately get your mate to have a look as it was something I never needed to do so can't suggest a way to do it!

have you taken any pics yet??
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Old 21 March 2005, 10:47   #12
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Sounds like a full reset occured when new trim sender was installed and it's also reset the float gauge calibration. I've had reasonable sucess using "default" calibration settings (i did exactly the same when a new trim sender was installed!!!)
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Old 21 March 2005, 13:21   #13
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Hi Mike,
Thinking about it I think we have only used the engine for 6 hours tops since you sold it to me. So maybe the gauge is not too far off. No pics yet. I will take some this weekend and email them to you. Is recalibrating a big job ? And do I have the instructions in the "brown box" ? The boat is a flyer.

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Old 21 March 2005, 15:45   #14
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recalibration.

Yep the box has the stuff, but the default is the way to go I feel, fill it up and slap 240 litres in as the quantity.
if you want more safety marigin tel the unit that its full with 220 that will give you 30 in reserve all the time.
paul Fenn is the chap to ask as I am so rubbish I had to tow him and the boat to the petrol station when we remortgaged to fill the new one up!!!
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Old 22 March 2005, 16:17   #15
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Its ok im talking rubbish. We recomend Wema ones at Barrus because they are apparently the easiest to get hold of in the uk. You can use any american Spec fuel sender (what ever that means!!)
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Old 22 March 2005, 16:27   #16
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Whilst on the subject of smartguages, can anyone help me in sourcing a manual for the square type? it's running version 1.02 software. Looked everywhere on the net and failed miserably.

Thanx in anticipation.

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You can use any american Spec fuel sender (what ever that means!!)
it means a sender thats gives a value of 240 ohms empty, approx 103 ohms at half tank and 33 ohms full, these type are most commonly used with USA made instruments, Euro senders are needed for VDO instruments.

You'll quite often find US spec instruments read backwards on some Volvo motors, easiest fix is to replace sender.
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