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1989 Olds 3.3 Eng. I left the ignition on for two

1989 Olds 3.3 Eng. I left the ignition on for two days. After charging the battery as soon as I turned the key to ON, the Tach needle fliped from the left side zero to the right side 7000, without the engine running. The needle just lays on the right side now, all the time. All other gauges appear to be working fine. Any suggestions?

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  • Jay Williams Feb 26, 2009

    I called AutoZone about the OBD tool. They said 1989 did not have a obd tool access. They suggested I take the positive battery cable off for a while. I disconnected the + cable for two hours, but that didn't fix it. Do you think I should try AdvancedAuto or O'Rielly? Any other suggestions?


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Try to reset the computer (via obd tool)

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