I drive a 2004 Nissan Maxima--it has about 21000 miles on it. About a month ago, the gas gauge dial (the one on instrument panel by the steering wheel) went wacko. I filled the tank and really didn't pay much attention to the position of the dial after filling it. However, the next morning, the dial was way over on the right side of the E past the stopper! It's like someone tipped my car over and the little indicator stick got on the wrong side of the stopper. When I turn the car off, the little stick drops way down off the gauge and when I turn the car on, the little stick hits the stopper--like it would really like to go past that stopper but can't--because the stopper is in the way.
So now I have a couple of questions--how did this happen and can it be fixed without taking apart the whole instrument panel? Do I need to get someone to tip my car over in the other direction to get the stick back on the correct side of the stopper?
I should mention that in addition to the gauge on the instrument panel, my car also has an electronic readout that tells me fuel economy so I can press that button--located over the radio--and find out how many miles I have until the tank is empty. Not convenient, but it does seem to be keeping accurate track of the gas I have left in my tank.
Thanks for any help you can give me.