1997 Buick Park Avenue Fuel gauge

Tiny
BJ911
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  • 1997 BUICK PARK AVENUE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 35,000 MILES
I store my car every winter and I disconnect the battery. This spring when I reconnected the battery and started the car the fuel guage needle apparently went all the way around and caught under the pin. It can't move. How can I fix it? Do I need to replace the cluster.
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Monday, May 5th, 2008 AT 6:59 AM

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Tiny
LEGITIMATE007
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No you should be able to take the cluster out and remove the plastic face shield and gently knock it back over to where its supposed to be
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Monday, May 5th, 2008 AT 7:20 AM
Tiny
RHALL77
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Another way of doing it with out taking it apart is taking it to your local dealer and have them peform a sweep test on the cluster if the tech 2 will communicate with the cluster.
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Monday, May 5th, 2008 AT 8:00 AM
Tiny
SHERM
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You can remove the cluster and take the dust cover off then move the needle back with your finger and put it back togather. You have to disconnect the ground on the battery. The key has to be on to move the gear shift to low so you can get the cluster out. Remember when you put it all back together if the Ignition is not in the off position when you connect the ground wire the voltage will spike and you will have do it all over again. It takes about 30 min. After you have practiced a couple of times.
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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THANK YOU
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 AT 11:12 PM
Tiny
WRA
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No need to take anything apart. Get a good magnet. Place it near the gas needle. Move the magnet counter clockwise until the needle goes back to normal position. It works for me. My needle reversed itself so many times I got tired of it. I drilled a small hole in the dash glass a little past the full side of the gauge. I then glued a plastic needle through the glass to the gauge face plate. This ended the problem of the gauge indicator going too far past the full mark.
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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 AT 10:46 PM

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