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Replaced the alternator now gas guage is stuck behind peg

We just replaced the alternator and now the gas gage is stuck behined the peg up my the full mark,we have tried disconnecting the battery but that didn't do it at all, anyone have any ideas that might work besides the magnet trick. I do not have a strong enough magent around.

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The only thing you can try is to remove the instrument cluster and remove the plastic cover to
move the needle, it happen because the ignition was on when you reconnected the battery

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