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Any tow truck driver, locksmith and alot of taxi drivers can open the door, Then you can pop your hood and give it a boost. I thought those Fobik things had a key locked into the back of it to unlock the door in a case where the battery went dead?
The instrument cluster is a sealed unit, do not recommend taking it apart for that. What I would do is drill a small 1/16" hole near where the stop pin is through the plastic outer cover and use a paper clip or sewing needle to move the fuel guage needle back to the other side of the stop pin. Reseal with a drop of super glue to keep dust out of cluster.
You have a bad sending unit and it is a real pain in but to change.It is located in the fuel tank with the fuel pump assembly.If you need more info on changing procedures write back and I can help.Thankyou
This is not a solution..I just want to see if you had these symptoms..Mine did the same thing tonight(9-22-10, '98 Olds Cutlass) I went to the gas station..got back in the car to start it, and it sounded like the battery was dead (clicking when turning the ignition) and then all my gauges started moving around very quickly. The gas gauge went all the way around and is also stuck under then pin. I tried to jump it, but no luck. Did this happen to you and did you figure out how to fix it? Thanks.
If it was the sending unit, it is accessible through the trunk floor. A problem I have with my Park Ave gas gauge is when I get a dead battery and try to start the car, the needles will twitch and it sends my gas gauge needle to the far right side. This causes it to rotate/fall under the proper gauge are and come up under the rest pin on the left side. When that happens, I have to pull my whole instrument cluster and rotate it around so the needle goes back up to the top. Check where you needle is the next time you turn the key to run. If its under the little rest pin at the empty position of the gas gauge, then this should be the fix.
Here is how it happens, The positive battery cable was loose, after adjusting the battery cable the speedometer needle went under the retention ping. How to fix it: 1- remove the positive battery cable 2- have a person to look at the speedometerneedle 3- Make the battery cable to touch the positive terminal of the battery (this will make the needle to jump over the retention pin) 4- Tight cable again.
I had the same problem. I carefully removed the dash panel around the dash board (it just snaps out), undid the dash board mounting screws, took out the dash board assembly, disconnected it, removed the plastic lens, and gently turned back the needle. To make sure it didn't happen again I drilled a tiny hole opposite the little post already there (next to the full side) and screwed a tiny screw into it. I then put it all back together and it has worked ever since. While I had it a part I also put a tiny screw on the temperature gauge side so it wouldn't have the same problem. Good luck.
The easiest way is to drill a small hole in the cluster use a small metal wire to pull it up and over the pin. Or remove the two screws on the trim around the cluster the part that hangs over the cluster pull it of carefully. There are a few 8 or so screws that hold in the cluster and some real small screw that hold the glass on the cluster. Take those screw out and remove glass. flip needle. Use this time to clean the area reinstall all. Note the trim around the cluster is held in by push in clips and screws.