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We have taken great care of this truck, & it has had few problems, other than replacing original parts.:) I noticed that the fuel gauge on the instrument panel now fluctuates quite a bit, about a 1/4 tank, back & forth...I've spoken with a local repair shop we trust & they mentioned that the "Fuel Level Sending Unit"--similar to a float in a toilet tank---is most likely the problem...so here are my questions: As far as we know (we bought this one-owner truck in 1998), the fuel pump & filter are original. If we do the "fuel level sending unit" repair, doesn't it also make sense to also replace the original fuel filter & fuel pump, located in the gas tank? Also---what's the rule of thumb for replacing the fuel filter & fuel pump in a 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 (non-4WD) truck? We now have a vintage vehicle we are proud to own, & want to keep it running well into the future.:) Thank you for your help & expertise! Oh---the estimate to replace the fuel level, the pump, & the filter is around $615...Thank you!

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Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection Teresa You have taken good care of your truck and obviously plan on keeping it a while. From experience, fuel pumps in these vehicles are good for about 90-100,000 miles. It makes complete sense to replace the pump and filter for maximum efficiency. The price quoted is quite reasonable and I would suggest you have it all done at the same time.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Usually the sending unit & pump are an assembly & yes it's wise to also change the filter. I can't give you a quote because it varies by location, but it's usually pricey because the gas tank will need to be dropped to replace the pump. There isn't a rule of thumb that I know of.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive The fuel level sender is generally one piece with the pump. If sold as two separate pieces, it does make sense to change both at the same time, as the fuel tank needs to be dropped to make this repair. The fuel filter is under the hood of the vehicle and should be changed regularly. If it has not be changed in a while or there is debris in the fuel tank when the level sending unit is replaced, then it would be a good idea to replace the filter now as well.

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