Do to a low or erratic voltage condition, the fuel gauge needle may "jump" around and become stuck on the back side of the "stop" below the "empty" indicator. This does not mean the gauge is broken. If the gauge cover is removed and the needle is gently moved back around to the correct side of the pin, the gauge will again function normally. When the needle is moved back to the correct position, the electrical problem that caused the needle to jump in the first place must be corrected or the needle may jump around again. The most common problems that cause this condition are a weak battery or corrosion on the battery cable ends.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Buick Park Avenue Fuel Gauge Needle Stuck on Wrong Side of "Empty Stop"
Buick Park Avenue Problem
Average Mileage: 115,631 mi (53,000 mi - 225,000 mi)
Visitor, 2000 Buick Park Avenue, 87,200 mi
I have the same problem. However I fix it with a magnet. I placs the STRONG magnet in FRONT of the gauge and tweak the needle counterclock wise until it is in its' proper position. WORKS EVERY TIME. Would like to hear from others. Eemail@example.com
Visitor, 2000 Buick Park Avenue, 131,000 mi
fixed my gas gauge with a magnet...worked like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Visitor, 1997 Buick Park Avenue, 116,323 mi
Gas gauge and temperature gauge spun completely around to under the plastic stop peg.
Visitor, 1998 Buick Park Avenue, 83,954 mi
This has happened many times when battery is disc. or low voltage anyway you can take a magnet and move the gauge back to E position and will work again. It is tricky but have done many times.
Visitor, 1999 Buick Park Avenue, 53,000 mi
Fuel gauge needle stuck far below the 'empty' position, after changing the battery. Fixed by placing a magnet top of the plastic panel, directly over the needle, and moving it in small circles counterclockwise until the needle landed in the proper position. Each rotation of the magnet only moves the needle a small bit, so maybe a dozen or more small circles were needed. Need trick!
Visitor, 1997 Buick Park Avenue, 79,425 mi
Happened from having battery disconnected changing the intake gaskets today. The magnet fix works. $4 pack of super magnets from home depot saved us from pulling the cluster.
Visitor, 2001 Buick Park Avenue, 146,000 mi
haven't fixed it yet
Had exact same issue. Moved needle back with a magnet. Issue occured a couple of times more, but hasn't occured again after battery was replaced. According to previous reports, a weak battery may have been the culprit all along.
I used a strong magnet to coax the needle back around to the correct position. It worked fine until my battery went dead after leaving it stored all winter. When attempting to jump start the vehicle I again jumped the needle to the wrong side of empty. I will attempt the same fix again, and may drill a small hole to install a pin or wire at the full mark to prevent this from happening again.
Visitor, 1997 Buick Park Avenue, 115,000 mi
Fuel gauge needle stuck on the back side of the "stop" below the empty indicator. Drilled a small hole in the gauge cover and fished the needle back over the stop using a paper clip.