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

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.

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Average mileage: 117,495 (48,500–330,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
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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
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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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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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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
Battery weak. Needed jump. Affected the gas gauge and temp gauge.
I've lived with no gas gauge after the dealer told me $600 to fix over 4 years ago. Just ran across this & the magnet trick worked like a charm. Wish I'd thought of that - was a hands-on EE problem solver for 38 years, feeling foolish that it was so simple, but great to have a gas gauge again. THANKS THANKS
My gas and temperature gauges both flipped all the way around to the stop peg when I was having battery problems about 6 months ago. After we took care of the battery problem, the mechanic wanted over $500 to replace the cluster. I decided just to deal with it until I saw your tip online. I bought a strong magnet for $7 at Menards and fixed it myself. Not bad for a 55 year old girly girl!
Car wouldn't start. Boost pack used to jump start car. Started car and needle flipped to over side.
Needles on the gas gauge and temperature gauges were stuck past the empty peg. Was told I was going to have to take apart the dash! Thank goodness I found you guys before I let them do that! The magnet trick worked like a charm!! :) 10 minutes and an old magnet I found in the garage!! Priceless! :) Thank you for the advice!! :)
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.
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