Have you considered that the sending unit may have failed?
Just look at a couple of listings, Geno's list at $95 Ouch! Others are higher,
You should check the wiring. Looking at the Haynes manual, it is a Grey wire with a yellow trace that goes through two connectors to the gauge. The other lead Grey only goes to the warning light.
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