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Old 03-11-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Two or three of my dash gauges have broken indicator needles, pointers or whatever they are called. I remembered seeing a hot rod tv show about repairing gauge faces. After getting price shock from Freightliner, I decided to try this idea. Well, it worked, so I thought I would pass it along. It sounds cheezy, but it looks good. Here it goes:

1) take a dremmel to clean off the remaining part of the needle. I left just enough of the needle so I tell the exact direction it was pointing.

2) line up a toothpick to get a measurement of how long the needle should be.

3) cut the toothpick to the correct length.

4) paint the toothpick florescent orange. I used a paint pen/marker that I got at a craft store.

5) glue the toothpick to the gauge (I used a craft glue, but the tv show used Krazy glue). Make sure you get the direction of the needle perfect. This was actually the only hard part.

6) put the gauge back together.

I know it sounds low tech, but it looks great. I'll try to get some pics up soon. The truck is currently at the shop getting some early spring cleaning/maintenance done.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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That's pretty neat. I never would have thought to do something like that. Good job.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:00 PM   #3
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they look better than I can type......i misspelled the title.....
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:48 PM   #4
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Can you tell which ones are toothpicks?
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:50 PM   #5
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Done that myself, . . . found some plastic tooth pick's that matched the shape of the original needle perfectly.
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