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Old 12-15-2016, 01:14 AM   #41
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there are tabs.
the following in for a Civic but it may be helpful. skip over the parts that don't interest you.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:07 AM   #42
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I went ahead and made the assumption that the speedometer needle simply rests at zero.

I looked at this thread: http://www.elementownersclub.com/for...t=#post1058209

and also at http://www.skidmore.edu/~pdwyer/e/instrument_bulbs.htm

and was able to easily pop off the covers for gauge cluster. I did not remove the cluster however. Instead, I removed the plastic cover that protects the gauges. I did not see any instructions on how to remove this cover, but for anyone who is wondering, there are some simple tabs that keep it in place, you can just gently pull it right out. (careful not to break the tabs)

I grabbed my needle and like some others noticed the little plastic tube that held it on the part that spins was cracked. I glued this back together, careful not plug up the hole itself.

After drying, I carefully put the needle back in, aligning it with the small spindle that the hole should go over and then aligned it to zero.

Everything seems to be working now! The speedometer sits at zero when I am not driving and move smoothly as I accelerate and decelerate.

Thanks to this forum for posting helpful tips on this stuff! Here are some photos mid surgery just for fun.
Any suggestions on HOW to pull the covers off without breaking the tabs?
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:19 AM   #43
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> Any suggestions on HOW to pull the covers off without breaking the tabs?
At a minimum, make sure the gauge cluster has had plenty of time to warm up to room temperature. I'd let it sit overnight in the warmest part of the house. That should help.
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> Any suggestions on HOW to pull the covers off without breaking the tabs?
At a minimum, make sure the gauge cluster has had plenty of time to warm up to room temperature. I'd let it sit overnight in the warmest part of the house. That should help.

When working on plastic auto parts, especially hard transparent ones, a hair drier is your best friend. Turns an overnight warm-up into a 10 minute one. I picked up a good one at Goodwill for $4 for my dog, use it more frequently as s bench tool.
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