Buick Park Avenue
Report: Fuel Gauge Needle Stuck on Wrong Side of "Empty Stop"
Buick Park Avenue Problem
Average Mileage: 115,275 mi (53,000 mi - 225,000 mi)
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.
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, 1998 Buick Park Avenue, 180,000 mi
battery died and then the Temp sensor and gas gauge needles flipped past the peg. would show empty at all times even with a full tank of gas. Low fuel LED would still show when tank was empty.
Visitor, 2000 Buick Park Avenue, 78,000 mi
dial on gas guage spun around cw to peg after battery went dead
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!
This is my second time that the needle got stuck on the back side of the pin. Removing the plastic panel seemed to be a big job so I drilled a small hole near the stuck gauge, opened up a small paper clip grabbed the needle and lifted it up and over the pin. I just got a new battery, it took them about one and a half hour to replace it, and now I got to get the gauge back to its normal position. Normally, if your battery is not dis-connected or dead for more than one hour, this problem should not occur.
Visitor, 1999 Buick Park Avenue, 225,000 mi
Gas guage goes from empty to full and back then 1/2 full, all over the place. Working on it now, will update