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Old 09-15-2011, 07:14 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Speedometer Stuck

a few days ago my car shut off on the highway my battery terminals were so bad it and dirty it bang to lift itself off the battery i pushed it back down and made it back home but i think the power surge my car got made my needles jump the speedometer must of spun all the way around because its stuck under the black pin that holds it in place. is there any inexpensive way to fix this

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take it apart and reset it
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Old 09-15-2011, 07:26 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Default Re: Speedometer stuck

not exactly sure how is there maybe a step by step on the site i can use?

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take it apart and reset it
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before you do this, wait till some of the more knowledgeable members chime in on this problem.

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I would take it apart and rotate it back around where it should be and see what happens.
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Default Re: Speedometer stuck

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a few days ago my car shut off on the highway my battery terminals were so bad it and dirty it bang to lift itself off the battery i pushed it back down and made it back home but i think the power surge my car got made my needles jump the speedometer must of spun all the way around because its stuck under the black pin that holds it in place. is there any inexpensive way to fix this

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Please find below a post I took awhile ago from some other board that might be useful to you:

"My gas gauge did the same thing earlier this week on my 2005 Maxima SL. Cranked it up and for some reason the needle on the gauge had gone 360 degrees clockwise and was stuck under the stop pin. I went to Lowes and bought 2 ceramic brick magnets and fixed my gauge in the store parking lot in about 20 seconds! Just stuck the magnets together and used them to move the gauge back to the correct position while the car was turned off and the key was out of the ignition. Once I got the needle back to the right place I cranked up the car and it was working as it should."

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Default Re: Speedometer stuck

i found a few good write ups and DIY tutorials to remove the guage cluster will the clear housing just snap off and back on again?
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i found a few good write ups and DIY tutorials to remove the guage cluster will the clear housing just snap off and back on again?
Yes, once the cluster is out, the pieces just snap apart. Be gentle on the plastic clips, they can tend to be a little on the fragile side.
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Default Re: Speedometer stuck

I think the magnet procedure is worth giving a try.
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Default Re: Speedometer Stuck

Why spend any money? I can have the speedo cluster out in under 5 minutes.
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aight ill give it a try for sure last question...would i have to worry about my gas gauge moving any even if i dont touch it?...@Costee thanks man but remember i need an inexpensive way to do this meaning i dont want to pay for anything lol

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Yes, once the cluster is out, the pieces just snap apart. Be gentle on the plastic clips, they can tend to be a little on the fragile side.
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aight ill give it a try for sure last question...would i have to worry about my gas gauge moving any even if i dont touch it?...@Costee thanks man but remember i need an inexpensive way to do this meaning i dont want to pay for anything lol
Yeah I feel you. I sure hope you do have the competence of 1hawaii50 in these matters. Should things go awry, you sure would spend plenty. lol. Keep us posted and good luck.
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Yeah I feel you. I sure hope you do have the competence of 1hawaii50 in these matters. Should things go awry, you sure would spend plenty. lol. Keep us posted and good luck.
This is a very simple thing to do..you are not even getting down into the electronics of the gauge cluster. Once you have the cluster out, you unsnap the top cover that holds the 3 aluminum rings. Once that top cover is off, then you can slide the 3 clear plastic covers right off of the top of the cluster. You don't have to go any farther in breaking it down. The needles spin freely. Just take your finger and spin whichever needles turned around on you, back around where they should be.

Even for somebody who has never removed the cluster...shouldn't be any more than 10-15 minutes, max.
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This is a very simple thing to do..you are not even getting down into the electronics of the gauge cluster. Once you have the cluster out, you unsnap the top cover that holds the 3 aluminum rings. Once that top cover is off, then you can slide the 3 clear plastic covers right off of the top of the cluster. You don't have to go any farther in breaking it down. The needles spin freely. Just take your finger and spin whichever needles turned around on you, back around where they should be.

Even for somebody who has never removed the cluster...shouldn't be any more than 10-15 minutes, max.
Thanks for the info, I'm filing it in my records. It might come in handy for me someday regarding cluster issues--though I sincerely hope there'd be no need for me to tamper with the damn cluster.lol.
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big thanks bro...you were right it was really simple sorry i dont have any pics to post but i def followed the step by step sticky i found in the threads. now im interested in doing an LED swap on my cluster like you have on your ride. is there any possible way to fit an 07 cluster in an 05 or will it look crazy. plus i looked over your write up about the swap how do i find out which LED's blubs are for my car so i can order them. i know u might get this question all the time but it would be great appreciated thanks again

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This is a very simple thing to do..you are not even getting down into the electronics of the gauge cluster. Once you have the cluster out, you unsnap the top cover that holds the 3 aluminum rings. Once that top cover is off, then you can slide the 3 clear plastic covers right off of the top of the cluster. You don't have to go any farther in breaking it down. The needles spin freely. Just take your finger and spin whichever needles turned around on you, back around where they should be.

Even for somebody who has never removed the cluster...shouldn't be any more than 10-15 minutes, max.
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big thanks bro...you were right it was really simple sorry i dont have any pics to post but i def followed the step by step sticky i found in the threads. now im interested in doing an LED swap on my cluster like you have on your ride. is there any possible way to fit an 07 cluster in an 05 or will it look crazy. plus i looked over your write up about the swap how do i find out which LED's blubs are for my car so i can order them. i know u might get this question all the time but it would be great appreciated thanks again
The LEDs you need are NOT bulbs..they are SMT (surface mounted) LEDs that are soldered onto circuit boards. You need to desolder the old LEDs and solder in the new ones. You will be dealing with 4 different types, or "packages" of LEDs, depending on what piece you are dealing with. The speedo cluster uses PLCC-4, and PLCC-2 LEDs.

Yes, you can swap an 07-08 cluster into your car, but the plug is on the opposite end of the cluster, so you will have to lengthen your factory plug. One of the members pulled it really hard and pulled the slack out of it and got it to fit. I think another member actually cut and spliced extension wires into the harness.

If you are handy with a soldering iron, and you are carefull, then you can do it yourself. You need to be aware that there is a very real possibility if you try this that you could damage your speedo or other parts.
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