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Old 01-14-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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Hey, i need to remove my needles (installed the reverse glow gauges but they were defective. they slipped on, but they wont slip off no matter how hard i try)

how do i go about doing this? How about the reinstall?
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Re: Guage Needle Removal Help

well first once removed you MUST recalibrate them, since you have a 99 up its not that difficult. If you find you MUST remove them you can use two pieces of bent metal/plastic to slide under each side of the needle base and push down to pop them off both sides at the same pressure, a slight angle is needed in the item so once its flat on the gauge face you have something to push downward to slide the needle up and off. There is a VERY thin piece of metal holding in the needle so do NOT break it. Once off to put them back on you just slide them back on the metal rod (very thin). Dont push them down all the way, see how far they are now and put them back to there (remember the gauge cover over the stock gauges adds depth so take that into account).

The speedo and rpm gauge you can use your diagnostic to reset. Drive down the road and stick them back on using the diagnostic readout as a guide not fun but not bad with a helper to steer the car while you mess with the needle. Test at 55/45/etc make sure its right. Same with RPM.

Battery/Temp/all but gas see where they are under normal operating (fully warm engine) and put them back there when the car is fully warm/normal operating temps.

Gas... fill up 100% see where needle is and put it back there. Or just see where its at and put it back there before you drive any more~ car has to be cranked for all of this though.

Snug them on and once you pull over/stop you can set the needle to the right height off the gauge face.

I wish there was an easier way but thats it
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Re: Guage Needle Removal Help

... you know, I think I am just going to cut the old gauges off, and slide the new ones on. I dont think I have the time or expertise to do any of that. Needless to say, I am going to test the new covers before i put them on.

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Re: Guage Needle Removal Help

thanks is only a button away! (im at 169...) lol. but yea you will save time cutting them off but do the new ones require the needs to come off?
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thanks is only a button away! (im at 169...) lol. but yea you will save time cutting them off but do the new ones require the needs to come off?
Thats 170 now. The new ones are the same thing, so they should slip over just like before.
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Re: Guage Needle Removal Help

sounds good, needles can be a pain. Take this opportunity to clean out the clear cover area with some compressed air as crap get in it from around the trip button hole.
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