1998 Buick Park Avenue gas gauge not working after changing

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1998 Buick Park Avenue 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 100000 miles

hi everyone I change the batter in my 1998 buick park ave 3.8 liter now my gas gauge does not work I was able to unlock my raido but I dont know about my gas gauge working. Thank you

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Thursday, August 27th, 2009 AT 7:16 PM

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Has the gauge needle flipped around until it is underneath the 'empty-side' pin?

Are you a do-it-yourself'r?

There are a couple ways you can fix this yourself.

Some people claim to have success using a magnet to draw the gauge needle around (counter-clockwise) until it gets back into the proper range.

Others recommend drilling a tiny hole in the clear dash cluster cover and inserting a bent paper clip to flip the needle over. They then either plug the hold with a rubber plug or leave it for the next time it flips open.

A third method involves taking the plastic cover off the gauge cluster and flipping the needle over with your finger and then reassembling.

The magnet wouldn't work for me, so I resorted to that third method. But any time your get a loose battery connection or disconnect the battery, the problem may happen again. I wanted to put a permanent fix in place.

Fourth method. I opened it up, drilled a hole in the cluster panel, and put a stop pin on the full side to match the factory pin on the empty side.

In 2003 and later BPAs the factory installed a full-side pin, if that tells you anything.

Here's some pics that will guide you on getting the dash cluster disassembled. It only takes about 15 mins, and a 7mm socket driver, and maybe a screwdriver. This set of pics is for the removal and repair of the climate control, but the first steps are the same as when you need to remove the dash cluster.

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 8:13 PM

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