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gauge overlays making speedo stick! solutions?

just lately, my gauge overlays have been making my speedo stick occasionally when increasing speed, and often when decreasing (the motion of the speedo returning to 0 is not smooth, but kinda jerky)

i used thin double-stick tape when i installed em... but obviously that isnt doing the trick, or there isnt enough. does anyone have any surefire solutions theyve tried or heard of that will stop this for good? (other than removing the gauge overlay, heh)
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if you took the needle off. You pushed it back in too far. Or you pushed it in somehow. Overlays wouldnt make it stick.
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hmm... i actually didnt take the needles off to install the overlay, but i wonder if i could slide the needle off the post a bit to fix it?... im also thinking... if i had accidently pushed the needle on tighter or something, the problem would have started right away, as opposed to 3 months later...
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The guage might have moved alitte?you think?

Just, if you want, try taking it apart and pulling the needle out alittle bit.
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You can try prying the needles up a bit to clear them from the overlays. Also, maybe some more dbl sided tape would help as well.
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about how far do those posts go into the overlays does anyone know? like half a centimeter? i dont want to pull too far ;o) i dont want to have to recalibrate the speedo.
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you'd feel the upper part of the needle get loose. Thats when you should stop. :)
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Mine gave no problems all summer, but then as soon as it got cold out the tach started to stick.

Take a fork, and GENTLY pulled the needles up. It takes very little movement to stop the sticking, but you do have some room to play with before they pull off completely. 3 years later I've had no problems.
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hehe yup this morning was a little colder than usual... and it coincidentally was sticking like crazy and i noticed it. i'll give it a try this weekend, thanks guys!!
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I had the same problem on my tach.. after I messed with pulling the needles out so it wouldn't stick then it wouldn't read at all. I ended up just trashing the overlay, hope you've got better luck than I!
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you mean after you tried pulling the needles out a little bit, they stopped working (the gauges)? or the overlay stopped working (lighting up)? howd you end up fixing it?
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Pulling the needles upward on their posts worked just great for me. I think I used two very small flattip jewelers screwdrivers to pry them upward ever so slightly. I haven't had any problems with the needles in the 18 months since I installed them. The inverter has burned out once, though!
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