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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 09, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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69 camaro speedometer help

Can someone tell me how to remove the speedometer needle without tearing it up? I have two speedometers and only one works. The one that doesn't work has a perfect face on it. The one that works has a cracked needle and some scratches.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 09, 01:17 PM
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I've used several methods over the years to remove them successfully.
My favorite method is to use a small hobby type gear puller. I bought mine at a local hobby store years ago for under $10 IIRC. It fits just under the needle on most gauges and exerts pressure on the pintle to pull the needle off. The threaded portion that turns has a small 'thumb-screw' on it to tighten so you can't get much pressure at all - but it usually works.
I've also use a common 'tack-puller' (looks like a screwdriver with a flat-forked ed on it ) type tool to lever them off, on needles that don't have an exposed pintle for the puller to push on. You will need to lay a piece of thin cardboard (cut a piece out of a cereal or cracker box) over the upper area of the gauge and then slide the forked area of the tack puller under the needle and lever it off - with the cardboard protecting the gauge face from damage by the tool during this.
Lastly - you can take it to a local Watch/Clock repair shop and have them pull it for you. I had one really stuck (rusted) once and they pulled it off in a few secounds Don't even remember if he charged me for it or not...

Hope this helps.

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Re: 69 camaro speedometer help

If you have enough room between the back of the pointer and the face of the gauge try this. Protect the face with a piece of cloth or plastic to prevent scratches. Then grab the meter shaft with needle nose pliers or homostats. Next place the flat blade of the screw driver between the plier tips / hemo tips and pry the needle straight up.

If it doesn't just pop off or begins to come off uneven, stop and regroup.

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