Bed Un-Lining
I bought a red '99 Ford Ranger that has a black spray-on bedliner. I don't like the look or the rough texture of the bedliner, so I'd like to remove it. Is there an easy way I can remove the liner material at home?
Steve Pozarzycki
via e-mail

Removing a spray-on bedliner at home makes installing one look like child's play. The whole idea of these spray-on liners is their toughness and resistance to scratching and chipping. You can sand off the liner, if you have enough sandpaper and don't care about eradicating your fingerprints. The solution to your problem is to seek out a media-blasting company that specializes in automotive projects. Companies that deal with street rods and restorations have much more finesse than big industrial sandblasters. By using the right media, they should be able to remove just the liner and not the underlying paint. Another solution is to install a tonneau cover, so you don't have to look at the bedliner.

Gas Gauge Guessing
Since gas prices have gotten so high, I've been paying much closer attention to the gas gauge in my '97 Chevy Tahoe. The truck has the 5.7L V-8 and automatic transmission. It's a two-wheel-drive model. It's no economy champ and filling it up is a real wallet-burner. Since I'm a student who only works part time, I often need to wait until payday to buy gas. That can mean running precariously close to empty. My problem is that the gas gauge seems quite erratic. It bounces a lot, so I get nervous about its accuracy. Is there an easy and inexpensive way I can fix this problem by myself?
Neil Strowbridge
via e-mail

The problem is very likely in the gas tank. The fuel level sender is bouncing around too much. When the sender is erratic, the gauge also fluctuates. This problem has been observed by Chevy/GMC in enough '95-'97 Tahoes and Yukons that they issued a service bulletin number 76-83-05 regarding the issue. The fix calls for installing a fuel level damper module kit. The kit carries PN 12167652. You should be able to install it yourself by dropping the gas tank. Since you often run near empty, that will make manhandling the heavy (when full) tank easier. While you have the tank out of the truck, inspect the fuel pump filter and tank for debris. It's not a good idea to run too close to empty because that increases the chance of condensation in the tank. Excessive condensation can lead to rust, and rust particles can clog your fuel pump.

Daytime Not Running Lights
The daytime running lights in my '00 Chevy S-10 pickup don't work. The headlights and turn signals all work fine, but not the daytime running lights. I replaced the fuse and checked the light bulbs. What else could be causing this problem?
Jeremy Ng
Newberg, Oregon

A body control module (BCM) and the daytime running light (DRL) relay control the lights. An ambient light sensor is located in a grille in the dashpad. It's possible that you could have blocked the sensor, if you're the type who uses the dashboard as a wastebasket. It's more likely that you have a defective DRL relay. The relay is located in the electrical control center near the battery. A diagram inside the control center cover should pinpoint which relay is the DRL. Swap the relay with another one that you know is working such as the horn or air conditioning relay. If the lights work, the relay needs to be replaced. If the lights fail to work, the problem is more serious and needs to be checked by an automotive electrical specialist or a GM service department.