Q: Battery replaced, fuel gauge stopped working

asked by on

Due to the very cold weather, the battery on my car stopped working correctly so I had it replaced. After that, the fuel gauge quit functioning. It just stopped moving. How can I fix this? I would like to do it myself if possible. Thanks.

Hello. There are a couple of reasons that would cause the fuel gauge to stop working. The most common reason is that the fuel level sending unit has failed and is not accurately reading the fuel level. The fuel level sending unit is attached to the fuel pump itself and the entire fuel pump will need to be replaced to repair this problem. Another reason that may have caused the fuel gauge to stop working is if the circuitry of the needle in the instrument cluster has failed and this is causing a false reading. If this is the problem the necessary repair would be to replace the entire instrument cluster. Since this problem could be caused by a number of things, it would probably be a good idea to consult with a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, who will be able to pinpoint the problem. They can provide this inspection at your home or office.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Battery replaced, fuel gauge stopped working

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Need to know if my alternator is bad.

Hey there, thank you for asking about your 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Disconnecting the battery while the vehicle is running can damage the Powertrain Control Module (aka, vehicle "brain" or "engine computer") or other electrical components due to voltage excursions...

Q: Could a problem with the knock sensor keep my car from starting?

Hi there. A problem with the knock sensor or knock sensor circuit can definitely make starting a vehicle more difficult. A knock sensor is used by engineers to help the engine's computer sense possible internal engine failure before it becomes...

Q: Starting problems - 2001 Ford Expedition

Hey there. You should have the fuel pressure checked to see if the pressure does not drop after you turn off the vehicle. If it does, then have the pressure regulator replaced for not holding pressure. If the pressure holds...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...