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Old 08-08-2005, 03:35 PM   #1
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Needle's sticking after new gauge installation

I installed by new white gauge faces a few weeks ago and have had no problems...until now. When I start moving, my speedometer needle doesn't. It's not until I get up to about 40MPH and then it jumps and catches up. I made sure when I installed it to not push the needle in too hard. I find it weird that this didn't happen right after it happened, but is doing it now...anyone have any clue why?


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The needles are rubbing against the gauge face. You need to probably glue the new gauge face down.

What gauge face did you buy? I have experience with the ebay ones (cheap ones) and they do tend to arc slightly so the needles get in the way, etc. I've yet to hear of any problems with the Speedhut ones.
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Yeah, my gauges are ebay ones and they're not a direct fit. I can actually see the inside of my cluster around the needles because the holes around the needles are too big. But, yeah that could be the problem. Damn ebay!
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Yeah the EL GLOW one right, white face, fades (apparently blue to green)...... try to glue it down with something you can remove later easily if you wanted to. Also you can actually have the needles slightly raised up (don't push them ALL the way down on the spindles) and it'll maybe give you enough clearance.

Try it out and let me know....
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The couple ive done i just had to let the needles sit a little higher than they were to start with.
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S2 is right just leave the needles up a little bit..................................







Thats what I had to do.
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Well, after I got home from work I tried to see what is wrong and it doesn't look like the needle is touching. I remember when I installed the gauges that I left enough room so that they wouldn't stick. What's weird about it is that when I'm move from a dead stop and then go, the needle doesn't move, but as soon as I hit 20mph it jumps and then reacts fine. But as soon as I'm at a dead stop again the problem persists. I think it's a calibration problem, not the needle sticking to the gauge face. I used the odometer to check and my calibration is right on. Thanks for the suggestions, if anyone knows how to solve this please let me know. Oh, also I did put stcky resin on it when I installed it, so it's on there good.
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Well, after I got home from work I tried to see what is wrong and it doesn't look like the needle is touching. I remember when I installed the gauges that I left enough room so that they wouldn't stick. What's weird about it is that when I'm move from a dead stop and then go, the needle doesn't move, but as soon as I hit 20mph it jumps and then reacts fine. But as soon as I'm at a dead stop again the problem persists. I think it's a calibration problem, not the needle sticking to the gauge face. I used the odometer to check and my calibration is right on. Thanks for the suggestions, if anyone knows how to solve this please let me know. Oh, also I did put stcky resin on it when I installed it, so it's on there good.
Can I ask how you removed the needles? If you just pull up on them you can damage the spindles they sit on. You have to, or you should, pry from the middle up and not bend them. Some gauge face kits even come with a needle puller tool. The ebay ones don't. I doubt this happenned but it's something that can happen.
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well, I used a tool to get them off and what's strange about all this is that it just started happening a few days ago. I had my gauges on for a good couple of weeks and it had no problems, until now
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Maybe try an ECU reset? That might work as when you hook up the battery and start the car, the needles will MAX OUT so maybe it's just something stupid like that.....??
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