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Need help with gauge cluster!!!

Discussion in 'Stock 1991 - 1994 Explorers' started by Highlifted, June 16, 2011.

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  1. Highlifted

    Highlifted New Member

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    OK i bought a set of blue light for my gauges put them in and it didn't light up blue, so i looked up that u had to scratch the green film off the back of the gauges well i did that and messed up the needles for all my gauges, lol my speedometer is super crazy says im going 85 1st gear, i think i got all my gauges really close but the speedometer, and the rpm.... please any suggestion or ideas thanks:mad::feedback:
     
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  3. LONO100

    LONO100 Well-Known Member

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    that sounds like a mess. how did you end up moving the needles out of place? the green film was on the outside of the gauges. how exactly did you end up throwing them off? more info on how you threw them off may yield a better solution.
     
  4. Highlifted

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    OK this was my first time ever messing with a gauge cluster, the green film was on the back of the sheet like facing the firewall when installed, so i actually had to take the tacks off from the gauges, i found out there is like a little copper coil in there speedometer, and i tightened it the whole way now my speedometer stays on zero, pretty much i think i just need to find out how tight/loose that copper coil has to be
     
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    wow, i wish i had an answer but im sure if you search hard enough on this forum, someone will have an answer to recalibrating those little needles. you might want to try calling ford and asking them. good luck
     
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    Trial and error... Turn key on, engine off. You can set the tach and oil to zero. Fill the tank up, that lets you set full, so on and so forth.

    A helpful hint: Digital pictures are basically free these days. I photograph the hell out of everything I take apart the first time.
     
  7. Highlifted

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    i have all the needles set but the speedometer, im guessing that the copper coil has to be either just tight enough or just lose a little, but i cnt figure it out, anyway i just bought another complete 93 ford explorer, i might just rip parts off it i need and sell the rest
     
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    I'm... well, as serious as you are... thinking about buying another Exp so I have one to drive while I work up the other one. Be cool if they matched.
     
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    you spun the sleeve on the speedo cable as you pulled it out more than likely. good luck getting that back to correct.....
     
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    I don't have any advice other than when I swapped out my speedo, it took roughly a mile or so for it to calibrate itself.
     

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