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Old 04-30-2009, 01:55 PM
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Does anyone know of a simple off the shelf tool and guide for safely removing and reinstalling the needles on the gauges of a 5th gen prelude? I'm looking at replacing the stock gauge faces but would prefer to see what's involved before tackling the job.
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Re: Instrument Panel Needles

I'm told a cake fork does the trick perfectly. These are available relatively cheaply and at most good kitchen shops and rummage sales.
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Re: Instrument Panel Needles

I've heard that removing the needles will result in the cluster being garbage,
is this true, does anyone confirm that they have removed the needles and it was okay?
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I've read countless people saying they've done it with no problems, your the first to say that it results in anything.
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I've read countless people saying they've done it with no problems, your the first to say that it results in anything.
b.s. I did it and trashed the cluster.

I'm fairly mechanicly inclined to say the least lol.
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Re: Instrument Panel Needles

if you're just looking to place the new faces over the existing ones then you can just thread through the needles and hit the back of the new faces with some multipurpose spray adhesive....if you're going for a total replacement then idk....them needles is tricky tho
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Re: Instrument Panel Needles

Its a pain to recalibrate them perfectly. I ended up using my hands and just pulling them as straight as possible. (fuel and temp needles only) There was no way in hell I was going to try to mess with the tach and speedo.

I had to use a second cluster to correctly calibrate the needles.

Most gauge faces you buy will slip over the stock needles and faces. You kind of have to fish them over, but it works w/o worring about pulling needles.
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might be a little help watching them do it
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if i try it im getting a second cluster lol no way am i murdering my OEM one
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Re: Instrument Panel Needles

Thanks everyone for your answers. I've done some other electronic instrument repair and calibration over the years but never any automotive work.
I hadn't decided whether brighter instruments were worth the risk but it sounds like it's not. If I can pick up a second cluster and play with it I'll pass the results along.

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