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Fuel gauge The guy changed my battery. The fuel gauge needle did a 180 degree turn. When I start the car, the needle gauge needle is blocked by the pin.

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  • jayhay Jun 27, 2008

    I inserted the paperclip through the opening of the reset trip. I was able to move the fuel gauge. The thermostat gauge got in the way. I finally rotated the fuel gauge all the way around.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    fuel gauge needle go's out of range

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    gauges needles went down as I was driving down the road and now my car want start

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Similar to above. Loosen the screw holding the dash panel and insert a paper clip or screwdriver to lift needle over rest bar.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

I HAD SAME PROBLEM.SOLUTION.TAKE PAPER CLIP INSERT IT IN SIDE OF HOLE WHERE PIN IS.LIFT NEDDLE OVER PIN MAY TAKE SEVERAL TIMES BUT WILL WORK BUT BE VERY CAREFULL NOT TO BREAK NEDDLE BUT THIS WILL WORK.513-602-9380 DAVID.

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The only thing i will sugets is to remove the dash board and return the neddle by hand most of times it will bering it back to normal operation

Posted on May 28, 2008

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