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.
Car Problem Reports
Buick Park Avenue Fuel Gauge Needle Stuck on Wrong Side of "Empty Stop"
Buick Park Avenue Problem
Average Mileage: 119,298 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. Efirstname.lastname@example.org
Visitor, 2000 Buick Park Avenue, 131,000 mi
fixed my gas gauge with a magnet...worked like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!
Same problem, same solution when I bring it to a dealer. I want to know which size magnet is needed, and where I can purchase it, so I can use a magnet and fix it myself since it happens so often.
Visitor, 1997 Buick Park Avenue, 116,323 mi
Gas gauge and temperature gauge spun completely around to under the plastic stop peg.
Visitor, 2001 Buick Park Avenue, 146,000 mi
haven't fixed it yet
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, 2000 Buick Park Avenue
postive battery cable came loose now gas gauge read completely empty after we put cable on completely
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