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On two occasions, when a battery has been installed in my 1998 Malibu, the gasoline gauge failed to register the contents, remained on “Empty,” and the mechanic had to correct the problem. Explain why this happens.

5 Thoughts on Is there a connection between installing a new car battery and the gas gauge failing to register the contents?
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    November 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    It would help if you knew what the mechanic did to ‘correct’ the problem. Changing a battery shouldn’t affect gauges.

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    November 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Just a wild guess – – but he may have
    “corrected” the problem by replacing a fuse.

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    November 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Probably had to go in and reset the computer or something like that, buy a good battery and you would not have to worry about it.

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    Mark F
    November 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Actually the gas guage is not reading empty. The needle spun arond 180 degrees and is now on the wrong side of the empty peg. This is caused by the voltage spike that results from installing a new battery. Why it happens is because of poor design by GM. All Malibu’s do it. Grand Am’s too (basically a Malibu with a different badge on the hood).

    The guage cluster needs be removed and the guage wound back from the rear.

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    November 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    If the battery was changed with the key being on this can happen. I have done this myself at work. I turn it to the off position and undid the battery for a few mins then rehooked it. Usally that will correct the problem.

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