Park Avenue

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 121,634 (48,500–330,000)
10 model years affected: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
84 people reported this problem
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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.
The fuel gauge goes up and down randomly. Hard to determine how much gas left. Bought vehicle used and the seller hid this.
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.

You just need a fairly powerful magnet. With the ignition OFF hold the magnet close to the fuel gauge and rotate it until you find the spot where the indicator starts to move. If the magnet is strong enough you can force the indicator back around into position. I found the fix on YouTube...

The reason mine got stuck: a faulty fuel level sender (the rheostat attached to the float located on the fuel pump assembly)

When I got to a half tank or less, the fuel gauge would randomly jump to full and then back, getting way more erratic as it got towards empty. Then it jumped past full and got stuck. I was about to take the dash cluster apart until I came across the YouTube video
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.
Had this problem with both the gauges. Didn't know about the magnet so I drilled two small holes through the front, inserted a wire with a hook on it and lifted it over.. Oh well, they do work,
Fuel gage issues solved thank you very much. My 2000 park av. would not let me in after I started her with my remote. The doors wouldn't unlock with remote. Unlocked with key and got in and put my key in ignition. I then noticed the gas gage looked funny. I swore that that gage was broken. Next day dead battery. Bought new because old one was out dated. After a trip to you tube and stated my problem. the magnet trick was a sweet easy fix.

I had some type of electrical "thing" going on when trying to start the car (found out that it was my Ignition Control Module!!)
Anyway, found the information about the magnet - and thought it was worth a try. I thank the person who said what strength to use...25lb was perfect! I found it at Home Depot, really cheap. What I did find out is that the car has to be off for it to work. Also, putting the magnet directly over didn't work for me - it was more of a "pushing"; once I found the magic spot, I just kept pushing along until it was in place.
After giving someone a jump, my needle went the other way. I was told it would cost $600.00 to fix a 2003 ford explorer. I looked at this site and read the similar problems, I was so hesitant and so desperate, I went to Harbor Freight and bought a magnet that was 50 lbs and didn't work then I got the 75lbs still struggling. I returned it, and went to Home Depot bought a circular magnet 95lbs $8 and worked liked a charm... do a circular motion a couple of times and it works. I am so happy I can't Thank You Enough if I can do it you can too.
Fuel gauge needle wraps all the way around after filling a full gas tank. Needles bounce when starting car but it is due to the battery.
Bought a high strength magnet to move the gauge needle back to correct position.
My truck, had the gas gauge needle pointing down opposite of gauge range. I tried the magnet trick and though the magnet could not hold it long enough to move it all the way to position, it did get the needle to budge enough to get out of it's stuck position and that was enough for it to pop back into place on the gauge and has been working fine since.
A dead battery in my Park Avenue caused the gas gauge to fail. It ran counter clockwise until it got stuck under the pin. I read what was posted on the site and I bought a magnet to tease the needle back into position but the magnet wasn't strong enough.I bought a 65 pound magnet from Ace Hardware, 7.00 $ and placed it over the the lens assembly over the gas gauge needle, and in about 2 seconds it was restored to its factory correct position. I was amazed. I appreciate the information from this website. A little hint, car had to be turned off to reset the needle.