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Fuel gauge needle way past full, holding temp needle down so I cannot read temp either! 2005 with no low beams. Could problem be related?

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  • redneck10000 Jan 17, 2009

    My girlfriends car is doing the same thing with the fuel gauge. I think it is caused by the gauge not re-seting to empty when you turn the key off. Then when you turn the key back on, it thinks it started at empty & swings way into the temp gauge area. The way I have dealt with it, is to pull out the fuse for the dash cluster & this will reset the whole dash. I think the problem is the gauge assembly in the dash itself, but have not tried to fix as of yet. I think they are pricey, so I want to know for sure before trying to fix.

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    My fuel gauge is going WAY past the full meter and holding the temp gauge down...what do I need to do?



  • swang9903 Jan 23, 2009

    Same problem with my 2007 cavalier. gus gauge, speed meter both not working. This week, I found the back window defroster is not functioning -- in this cold weather in NJ.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    I have the same issues. The dealer tells me it is due to failure of the instrument panel cluster. It must be replaced. In the meantime, it may be possible to reset it by remove the fuse and then putting it back into place.

    I do this every once in a while. I don't have $400 to pay them at present.


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Most likely this is the common 03-05 Cavalier instrument cluster problem where the stepper motors on the cluster's circuit board go out. It can be fixed, check this page for more on how to get it taken care of - Cavalier fuel gauge broken

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I just read a blog about replacing the small step motors in the instrument cluster. I recently replaced fuel sendor in the tank, did not resolve the issue.
http://almostgonesblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/repairing-instrument-cluster-on-2005.html.
I hope this helps, seems like alot of problems with the dash cluster.

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