Q: Problem with fuel gauge - 2000 Ford Escort

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Hi i just changed my fuel pump its actually a fiesta since i took it out the garage the fuel gauge goes from normal say half or full to empty this has been happening for a month today i was driving and the car cut out I waited a few minutes and it started again after driving for five minutes the car cut out again at present there is a quarter tank of petrol what do u think the problem is

My car has 60000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

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