Buick Park Avenue Problem Report

Buick Park Avenue Fuel Gauge Needle Stuck on Wrong Side of "Empty Stop"

(58 reports)

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.

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. E-mail--pippiejo@verizon.net -
fixed my gas gauge with a magnet...worked like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!! -
Hey you Guys THANKS I thought my gas gauge was broke for 6 years. Recently I had the hoses replaced in my 1998 Park Ave Buick. They had to take out the battery to get to the bottom hose. When I got the car back the heat gauge did not work. great, now I have a heat and gas gauge that don't work. I went on line, and read about the magnet fix. I bought a small magnet about a inch in diameter, that was rated to lift 25 pounds, $4.00. 20 seconds, I fixed both gauges. Dealer wanted $900 to fix gas gauge. -
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 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. -
Gas gauge and temperature gauge spun completely around to under the plastic stop peg. -
The fuel gauge goes up and down randomly. Hard to determine how much gas left. Bought vehicle used and the seller hid this. -
Fuel gauge needle on wrong side of Empty stop. Magnet trick worked like a charm, really cool. -
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. -
haven't fixed it yet -
When my battery went bad the fuel gauge got stuck on the wrong side of the empty stop. The magnet cure suggested worked like a charm. I had to get a powerful magnet (25lbs) in order to pull it around. Seems fine now. -
Fuel gauge needle stuck on wring side of pin -
I have a 2004 Buick LeSabre that had the same problem. I had a small extension magnet that would pick up nuts and bolts. I didn't know if it was strong enough, but I tried it anyway. I put the magnet on the needle and moved it counter clockwise several times but the needle didn't move. When I cranked the car up, I noticed the needle had moved some. I did this several times until the needle was on empty and it seems to be working fine. -
Me too W/ wrong side of empty--still like that, but I did need A NEW battery around time of spin-around. Anyone know how difficult it is to gain access to gas gauge? Broken gage wasn't much of a problem cuz I had on-board 'fuel info' button. *LATELY THOUGH, THE GAS MILES-TIL-"LOW" INFO IS BECOMMING QUESTIONABLE/UNRELIABLE, AND ( I THINK THE YELLOW 'LOW-FUEL' LIGHT REFLECTS THE INFO FM ON-BOARD DASH READING,(e.g. THE LIGHT GOES ON WHEN I MAKE A TURN, THE 'LOW FUEL' ALARM DINGS AND THIS GOES ON FOR ~ 2 MIN. THEN YELLOW LOW FUEL WARNING LIGHT TURNS OFF,AND, THE MILES INFO THAT JUST READ "LOW" IS NOW AT '78' MILES AND RISING <-THE '78' CORELATES W/ MY CALCULATIONS. *ALL THIS STARTED RECHARGED IN SPRING....--NOW STILL NOT WORKING AND DON'T HAVE THE MECHANICAL FEEDBACK FROM THE GUYS AT THE FIRE WHEN IT SEEMED MY FUEL PUMP WAS WORKING ON OVERDRIVE--A MECHANIC ANALYZED IT AND SAID I NEED A NEW FUEL PUMP. I USED 'STP' FUEL TMT, CHANGED THE OIL AND FILTER, AND HAVE BEEN USING 93 OCTANE. (I DID TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF THIS CAR UNTIL I GOT HURT IN A BUILDING COLLAPSE WHILE WORKING FOR THE PHLA FIRE DEPT.) ALSO, THIS FALL I NOTICED THAT MY A/C WASN'T WORKING WELL-I THOUGHT IT PROBABLY NEEDED TO BE RECHARGED IN SPRING...ALL THAT INFO, JUST 2 ASK: (I'M THE ONLY FEMALE FF & I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT CARS.) @ INSPECTION I WAS TOLD I NEED A NEW 'MASS AIR SENSOR',AND I'M HOPING SOMEONE WILL KNOW IF THE 2 (THE LACK OF COOL AIR, AND 'MAF SENSOR')ARE RELATED. I WAS ALSO HOPING SOMEONE WOULD TELL ME THE ORDER IN WHICH TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS--IS EITHER GONNA GET ME STRANDED W/ NO WARNING?-- AND, IS THERE A CHANCE FIXING ONE PROBLEM WILL FIX THE OTHER... -
I am so glad I found this solution online! It worked like a charm in about 1 minute. Got the neodymium magnets at the local Ace. Going the ship car to California on Tuesday so I really needed the Gage to work since you must have less tan 1/4 tank gas to ship! Thanks for the excellent advice. I love this car and can't wait to drive it on the mainland. -
I had coil pack problems , and when I replaced one , this happened -
Noticed same problem a couple days ago(but didn't realize needle was on wrong side of empty peg), assumed it was either a sensor or possibly a gauge problem so called Buick dealer for any ideas. All he said was "it could be several things, you'll have to bring it in so we can diagnose it" gave me an appointment next day for 8AM. Thought to google it before taking it in to see if anything comes up, saw the "wrong side" description, checked mine w/flashlight and sure enough, same problem and same solution. Wife had a strong magnet, problem solved in 5 minutes...possibly saving hundreds of $$ at the dealer! Many thanks to those who've posted about this! -
Easy fix. Use a strong magnet and slowly rotate in front of fuel gauge. Be careful not to scratch the cover. -
This also happened to my temperature gauge. The needle is stuck on the pin below the "C" mark. -
The car did not start when key was turned on. All indicators turn on, then all insterments went off. Turn ignition off and tried to start again. Car turned on and started but clock went 1:00 am and fuel gauge went to below empty. Reset clock. Took a magnet wrapped with paper towel placed on fuel gauge moved to full slowly, BINGO gauge fixed. Take to Buick to find why voltage surge happened -
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