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Speedometer Needle Help
#1
Hey guys. I have a little problem with my gauges. First, my speedometer needle is warped like crazy - assuming from the heat. What can I do about it? Do I need to order a new speedometer with a very good condition needle? Next, I filled up my Fastback the other day and the gas needle did not move. I think it moved at first, but went back to zero. What could be the problem?

I also plan on upgrading them to LEDs to see the gauges better. Saw a few did it with LED bulbs and LED stripes. Is there a company that makes a kit that really brightens up the dash or should I do it myself? Looking for "Cool White" LEDs.

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#2
I believe the needle just pulls off the shaft, so if you found any speedometer with a good needle you might be able to just change it out. If it were me, I would probably fire up the heat gun and mess with it until I broke it.

If the gas gauge needle started to move and then dropped to E, I would suspect the rod the float is connected to rusted through. Otherwise, could be any one of the connectors, ground, or voltage supply/voltage regulator to the gauges.



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#3
Be careful trying to remove the needle as it can throw the calibration off. Don't ask me how I know... Angel
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#4
contact this fellow http://www.rccinnovations.com/ he can fix it for you. If you can't find a needle or get him to fix it, I have a spare speedometer and we can talk. Since I am building a new engine I could use any extra cash, so I'll price it at $2500.00 Wink

Seriously, I would sell it relatively cheaply if you need it.

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Don C;128424 Wrote:I believe the needle just pulls off the shaft, so if you found any speedometer with a good needle you might be able to just change it out. If it were me, I would probably fire up the heat gun and mess with it until I broke it.

If the gas gauge needle started to move and then dropped to E, I would suspect the rod the float is connected to rusted through. Otherwise, could be any one of the connectors, ground, or voltage supply/voltage regulator to the gauges.

I'll have to take it apart and see what's going on with the gas gauge. Not sure if I would want to try anything that could break it. Thanks for the info though!

jeremycfr;128439 Wrote:Be careful trying to remove the needle as it can throw the calibration off. Don't ask me how I know... Angel

Haha, I assume by ripping it out?

Jeff73Mach1;128444 Wrote:contact this fellow http://www.rccinnovations.com/ he can fix it for you. If you can't find a needle or get him to fix it, I have a spare speedometer and we can talk. Since I am building a new engine I could use any extra cash, so I'll price it at $2500.00 Wink

Seriously, I would sell it relatively cheaply if you need it.

Haha I'll contact him and see what he can do about it. If he can't do something about it, I'll let you know and maybe we can do something?
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#6
That poor speedometer needle needs a prescription for Viagra!

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#7
The speedo needled sits on a clock spring and if you pull it chances are it will knock off calibration or worse.

If you pull the speedo out. You could use a hot soldering iron next to the plastic to heat it up and soften the plastic then sort of shape it correctly.

I tried to pull a needle off a spare speedo I had and it ended in disaster, my original was ok I just wanted to see how it came off the spare I had and I ended up throwing the spare out after my needle attempt. Also the shaft moves are when you a are tring to pull the needle off so you have to pre mark it and even then its really hard to get right again. For me pulling on it poped the clock spring and that was the end of it.
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#8
used one 25.00 + shipping

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#9
There's a voltage regulator on the back of your instrument cluster that controls the fuel gauge. This could be part of the problem. But I would start at the source and make sure the sender is good first.

I just bought a set of LED bulbs to redo my instrument cluster. If I can believe my tracking information I should have them here on Saturday. I plan to do a right up on the install and some nice before and after pictures. Cost of the bulbs (12 of them) was about $35 for me. I know there are kits but I didn't price any of them.

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#10
do not install the LEDs on the turn signals in the dashboard, TRUST ME.
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