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Chevy astro 2001, the fuel indicator doesn't work, shows low fuel and the tank is full, shows the battery sign, and the shift gear light dissappeared from the PRND12. Can you help me with this instrument cluster problem

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Your fuel sender unit has a problem, maybe just a broken/loose connection or wire. the bulb probably burnt in the cluster, replace

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