1990 Ford Taurus Tachmometer below the pin, How to fix

Tiny
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  • 1990 FORD TAURUS
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 940,011 MILES
I just purchased this car for my daughter and didn't notice that the tachometer wasn't working because the needle is below the pin (I shift by sound). It does appear to be trying to work, since it drops down when you turn the car off, and just holds hard against the pin while the car is on. The owner said that he had to be jump started a couple of times due to a bad battery, and I saw another entry on another site for a 91 that had this same problem due to being jump started, but he didn't get an answer. Is there any easy way to get the needle back around so it is on top of the pin again?
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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 AT 9:41 PM

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Tiny
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You could try removing the trim around the cluster and the screws holding the plastic cover. This will expose the gauges. You can then position the needle above the pin by hand. Don't try to move the needle all the way around or it will just drop back. Just carefully place the needle on the other side of the pin.
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Monday, August 4th, 2008 AT 1:14 AM
Tiny
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OK. Let me give that a try tomorrow. How hard is it to remove the trim piece?

Markh
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Monday, August 4th, 2008 AT 11:39 PM
Tiny
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I'm not familiar with the 1990 but, I haven't found any of them very tough. Just make sure you take your time and remove all the screws that may be needed to expose the instrument cluster.
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 8:31 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for all the hints! Full procedure is as follows:

1. Remove the padded plate under the steering wheel by removing the 4 bolts.

2. Remove the 2 torques/hex headed screws that hold the bottom of the Dash Trim in place.

3. Remove the bottom two screws holding the clear plate you can see.

4. Remove the Lights Knob and the nut under it.

5. Remove the top two screws from the Dash Trim which are above the instrument cluster.

6. Lower the steering wheel all the way

7. Gently pry the Dash Trim forward being careful of the light wiring to the Lights switch surround on the left and the switches on the rights. You may have to jockey it a bit to clear the vents.

8. If you are agile enough (and I was) you don't have to remove the trim all the way. Just reach around it and remove the 4 screws across the top of the clear Gage Cover.

7. Reach under the Dash Trim and lift the bottom of the Gage Cover and spin the Tachometer needle counter clockwise back to the pin.

9. Reassemble in reverse order of above

While I know that justdon said not to just spin the needle around, but it would not lift over the pin with bending the needle. I tested after I did this and the Tach appears to be giving a correct reading and it didn't just spin back as suggested.

All told, took me about an hour, because I had to locate some of those screws the hard way (and in the wrong order). Bottom line though is I have a working Tach again!

Thanks Guys! 8)

markh
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 10:21 PM
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Congrats! Money saved. That's the name of the game:)

Now I know that you can spin the tach needle on the 1990.
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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 AT 7:41 AM

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