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    Taking the needles off the instruments

    Anyone know if there is a trick to taking the needles off. I am replacing the faces and I need to take the needles off. The car is an 86 SE. Thanks

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    When I took my dash apart it just popped up, no problem...

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    Thanks Ari, so I won't break anything by pulling the needles off..

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    In my experience, no - second opinions anyone?

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    Use your teeth.

    Actually, I've seen specialized "needle pullers" but I don't think they were enything more than "L" shaped brackets with a slot in the base for the needle post. IMO I thnk they just pop out. You might try rocking it slowly- pull our on the top half and then out on the bottom half, then back tot he top half, etc if they seem stuck.


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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    Thanks guys, with a little effort they came off ok...

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    Putting it back on is another matter. I don't think you can just stick it on anywhere. My experience is with an 89 Sunbird. While I was driving, I checked my speed with a radar gun in one hand while adjusting (removing & replacing) the needle so the speedometer matched the gun. After a dozen or so tries, I got within 1mph of the radar gun. It was a very delicate procedure, as the armature is very thin.

    Tim

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    What I did was I maked the position were the needle's were pointing... before I took them off.

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    Re: Taking the needles off the instruments

    What I did was I maked the position were the needle's were pointing... before I took them off.

    Then make sure the armature doesn't rotate at all! You'll know for sure when you install it and go for a drive. I'd advise going for a test drive before you screw everything back together!

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