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Old 10-24-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Tach and water temp are not zeroed?

I just bought an '03 wrx sedan. The previous owner changed the gauge overlay. I guess when he did it he had to remove the needles and now the tach and water temp do not read correctly. The fuel gauge and speedo are fine, but the tach is zeroed at 1700 rpms and the water temp is zeroed about 1/4 of the way up scale. What can I do to fix the problem? Can I simply remove the cluster and set the needles to zero or are the gauges damaged? Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance.
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:09 PM   #2
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You can try to mess with it but most people with this predicament ultimately end up having to buy a new cluster.
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:17 PM   #3
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Do you have any idea how much a new cluster is and where one can be found beside the dealer?
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Old 10-24-2005, 06:40 PM   #4
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Don't know about price. Check with local junkyards, also look in the Private Classifieds here. People often sell their clusters after doing a swap for an STi one.
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:09 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if the motors in these clusters are anything close to what was in my Cavalier. But i bought a cluster off of E-bay for my step dad's 2000 Cavalier. But the fuel level needle was off by about 1/4 tank.

Well everytime you plug in the cluster it would "Auto Zero" to a point. Well i figured out that i could just push the needle down alittle past zero. And then after that it was fixed. So i got a perfect cluster that just needed a simple fix for $20 shipped..

You could try that, but do not force the needle. It only takes alittle bit of pressure. If it won't move then your cluster is screwed.
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Old 10-27-2005, 06:54 PM   #6
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It's a different situation, his needles were removed to install overlays and that almost always ruins the gauges.
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:12 PM   #7
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thanks for help guys, I am know shopping for a factory one. Know anybody?
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:21 PM   #8
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you might want to check with a speedo shop and see if they can recalibrate the gauges.
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Old 10-27-2005, 08:21 PM   #10
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Damn, you guys are helpful here. Thanks Mulder.
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