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pulled cluster now needles don't work

hi guys, I have an 07 sport supercab, I pulled my instrument cluster out to check bulb sizes and to remove my buzzer and now my tach needle sticks at like 6-7k abut moves slightly with increased rpm. also, my fuel needle sticks at full or 3/4 tank. temp and speedo are fine. any way to fix / reset this? Another question, my odometer memory is in the cpu correct? if I get another cluster, it should just be plug and play? no probs with mialage or with pats?
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My truck (early model 4th gen) the tach did that, one of the plugs in the back was not plugged in all the way..
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nope, 100% sure it's plugged in perfectly. have had it out again since and no luck, and I made sure last time everything was plugged really good. it's not the white backing with the numbers on it either, that's all laying down good, not rubbing on the needles.

can aynone confirm with me, that if I get a new cluster, I can just plug it in and it won't effect my digital odometer nor the pats system preventing the truck from starting?
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Is the battery disconnected when you pull the cluster? Dd you put the needles on incorrectly?

I'm not sure where the milage info is stored.
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Did you remove the needles for any reason? If so did you align them when you put them back on?
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battery was disconnected the first time, and when all hooked back up, that is when the problem started, second time, battery remained connected.

I did not remove the needles, I attempted to remove the temp one, as that was the only one I wasn't too concerend with if I broke it, but they are next to impossiable to remove.
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well they are that bad to remove. Did you actually do anything to the cluster. You mentioned you removed the buzzer. WHat did you have to do for that any cutting of wires or jumping wires?
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the buzzer was a simple pull the pizzo buzzer from the board, it's just 2 pins poorly soldered into a circut board, this one as with almost all buzzers in any vehicle it attached so poorly that you grasp it and pull up and the pins will slide out of the board, they hardly have any solder on them.
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well the only other thing i can think of is maybe the buzzer not being there is affecting it.
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You think the buzzer might have been acting as a resister to some extent?
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that kinda my thought. I dont really know how its all set up though.
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Yeah electronics are not my strong point...
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You think the buzzer might have been acting as a resister to some extent?
very possible. I usually just turn the radio on if the chime annoys me. eventually, my seatbelt one stops beeping lol
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My seatbelt chimer is really quiet. If the radio is loud enough to head clearly then I cant hear the chimer haha
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Well you can turn off the seat belt chimer i did that the first day I took my truck off the lot.
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