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My gas gauge needle won't move after i filled it up

I filled my tank up and the needle didn't move and also the thing that tells me how many miles til empty won't reset what is wrong

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For some reason and I don't know why the sending unit is sticking in the gas tank the only thing I can recommend to try is to go to Walmart and get a bottle of STP gas treatment also read on the bottle to make sure this is the kind that has a lubricant in it for the fuel pump try this first before any major repairs are made because the button could also be sticking on the sensor to let you know how many miles to empty

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