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Old 10-10-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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taking speedo needle off

hello

does anyone know how to do this safely? ie. take cluster needles off (speedo/tach etc)

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Old 10-10-2010, 12:07 PM   #2
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Yes, cover the plate to prevent damage using tape. then mark where the needle is currently. one way to do this to make sure you line up the needle once removed is to fasten something to the pin ( say 6 o'clock) this will be your guide. And then mark where the needle is on the plate. Gently place a needle nose plier behind the thicker portion of the needle head and pull up.

why are you removing them? Are you changing the face plate?
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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hey yes i want to change the face plate, the other guages i can just replace with spares but the speedo has the odometer so i gotta pull the needle off, i gave it a pry with my fingers abit but was careful not to go overboard, it seemed like its on there very tight... can you elaborate?
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:27 PM   #4
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u have to secure the base (back of the needle) with something so that you can pull up evenly; otherwise you risk bending the stem or breaking the needle.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:12 AM   #5
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Use a regular kitchen fork. Slide it in under the needle, with the shaft positioned between two of the metal tongs of the fork. Then pry upwards. It is tight, but it will come off.

To avoid marring the surface of the gauge put a cloth under the fork.

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