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Electrical Smell precedes Fuel Gauge Failure: Is it safe to drive?

Please help.

While driving my 2002 I35 there was a brief smell like electrical insulation burning. Shortly afterwards I noted that my fuel gauge was stuck on zero.

I spoke to my mechanic who told me it is unsafe to drive and a fire hazard because it might be the fuel sender wiring.

The Infiniti dealer says it will cost minimum of $250 to investigate and if it is a wiring issue it could cost as much as $3000 to repair.

Please advise.

I have no problem driving without a working fuel gauge ... but is it really a fire hazard? Can the repair really be that expensive?

Thank you for your help.

Larry

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  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,675
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  • atma97atma97 Posts: 47
    Definitely it needs to be fixed but not with the dealership since they tend to charge much more than a regular shop. Try to find a trusted mechanic with good experience in Japanese car or bring it to a NAPA repair center to get second opinion and estimation.
  • Hi Reinstein,

    Have you found the solution to your problem of burning smell in I35. I have a 2002 I35 and get the same burning smell, it will be really helpful if you could tell me how you dealt with it..

    Thanks
    Vinod.
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