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Old 10-02-2003, 12:25 AM
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How do you remove Speedo Needle?

I'm trying to disassemble the speedo on my '86 300E and can't figure out how to remove the speedo needle so I can remove the instrument face. I ultimately need to replace the arm that resets the trip odometer because the end of it broke off. In order to get at the pivot pin that holds the arm I have to remove the face.

Is there a special tool or technique for removing the needle? I tried gently pulling it straight off, but it wouldn't budge, and I didn't want to use any more force. I'll take it to a VDO repair shop as a last resort, but I really don't want to spend $100-$125 (their typical speedo repair price) for a $10 item.

Anyone done this and know the trick?

Thanks,

Gary
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Old 10-02-2003, 11:54 AM
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I've done this a few times. I just pulled it off with a little more force. This is probably not the recommended method, but it worked for me. Reseting the needle was a little tedios (had to use trial and error to make the speedo read accurately again.
When I was done I just glued it back on. Works perfectly.

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Old 10-02-2003, 12:36 PM
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"When I was done I just glued it back on. Works perfectly."

Is the needle glued on to begin with, or is it just a very tight friction fit?

Gary
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Old 10-02-2003, 12:59 PM
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You can also use two spoons to pull the needle off evenly and straight up
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Old 10-02-2003, 01:08 PM
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I was thinking of somehow levering it off, but the face doesn't seem to have much in the way of support behind it other than the posts that the 2 screws thread into that hold the face on. Can this be done without risk of bending or marring the gauge face?

Gary
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Old 10-05-2003, 02:43 PM
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I've just removed the needles on my S202. Just use two forks and some force and it will come loose.
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