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

Buick Park Avenue Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 118,688 mi (48,500 mi - 330,000 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, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 131,000 mi

    fixed my gas gauge with a magnet...worked like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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!

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 116,323 mi

    Gas gauge and temperature gauge spun completely around to under the plastic stop peg.

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  • Visitor, , 146,000 mi

    The fuel gauge goes up and down randomly. Hard to determine how much gas left. Bought vehicle used and the seller hid this.

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  • Visitor, , 146,000 mi

    Fuel gauge needle on wrong side of Empty stop. Magnet trick worked like a charm, really cool.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 146,000 mi

    haven't fixed it yet

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