Bill, yes for the SIII, coming through the lamp hole is easier, but I have a
manly screwdriver (plus hammer) which works quite nicely at the angles allowed
by the taillight hole alone. The SII units are in the rear wheel wells, so
better access. I only suggested the dowel to cover my innate brutishness.
And, I’d definitely pick up a couple of spare floats, noting the SII and SIII
ones are different, and all will become rarer and rarer!
Also, whenever a sender is out, pop the little square cover off the wiper and
resistor to see how the wear pattern is on the resistor’s wires. If it’s
significant, you can bend the wiper a little to make it wipe a larger arc,
thus prolonging the unit’s life. You can even reduce the wiper’s pressure
this way, to the same end.–
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.
Bill Thom wrote:
James, the fuel senders for both SII & SIII tanks are simply held by a
cam effect by the ears around the unit’s exterior ring/disc. Just get
a wooden dowel and a hammer and whack the sender’s disc
counterclockwise to free it and its gasket from the tank.
I’ve had the senders in and out of both my SIIIs over the past month or
so. I’ve never been able to generate enough torque straight from the
back with needle nose pliers or any other tool. Jag refers to a special
tool for this, but real men would never invest in anything so
specialized. Anyway, Alex, you forgot to mention that you come from the
side, through the side lamp hole, with the whacking dowel. It’s really
quite simple. Also, I don’t remember anyone mentioning driving the tank
down to almost empty before proceeding and, at that, I always hedged the
bet by parking the car facing down my slightly sloped driveway.
Oh, and BTW, while it is commonly believed that the floats are not
available separately, I found them under XJS listings on Ebay. I got
four of them, and he said he had more. Here’s his address (he’s in NJ
somewhere): Jaguar1355@aol.com NAY.
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