2002 BUICK PARK AVENUE FUEL GAUGE

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  • 2002 Buick Park Avenue

2002 buick park avenue (standard, not ultra) 66,000 miles
3.8 liter engine

i changed the battery. Now fuel gauge needle is under the empty peg. Does not indicate fuel level.

how do I get it back to the other side of the empty peg?

why did this happen?

also, the car seems to have more pep. (No problem)

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 AT 2:13 PM

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  • dennyp
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You will probably need to remove the instrument cluster and take off the lens to reset the gauge, or sometimes skaking it upside down will work.

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 AT 6:39 PM
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  • wra
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I have used a good magnet to fix my gauge. Hold it in front of the gague, then turn the magnet counter clockwise until the needle gets back to normal.

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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 AT 8:27 PM
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I'd like to add to this solution. Suffered the same problem with my 2000 Park Avenue, and read on a few other websites that a very powerful (40-50 lbs.) Was required. Tried a 20 lb. Magnet and got nowhere. Then, one day fiddling with a little telescopic magnetic pickup tool, I found I could move the needle - by aiming at the base of the needle, not the tip - but not enough to swing the needle around.

Went to Home Depot and bought a package of 8 round, quarter sized magnets (about 3 bucks) that collectivelly couldn't have pulled more than about 3 lbs, stacked them, aimed at the base of the needle, and it swung around easily and quickly.

Aim at the base, not the tip.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2009 AT 9:56 AM

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