The battery went dead and after recharging it and turning the car on I noticed the speedometer needle is stuck under the tab, so It's not moving up at all. What should I do to fix this? Should I unhook the battery and rehook it and see if it goes back to where it should go?
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you may have to take a magnet and put it over the speedometer needle and move the needle back to zero,this some times happens when a battery is connected as the voltage surge causes the needle to bounce some times to far and its not able to return to zero.you may need to have the system checked for proper charging,the voltage could be borderline causing the light to come on.you can try disconnecting the battery as it may reset the light.
a scanner that gets into the instrument cluster computer can reset the needles. or take the dash apart and manually turn dash cluster upsidedown, then the needles will move so rotate untill the needles are reset.
Here is how it happens, The positive battery cable was loose, after adjusting the battery cable the speedometer needle went under the retention ping. How to fix it: 1- remove the positive battery cable 2- have a person to look at the speedometerneedle 3- Make the battery cable to touch the positive terminal of the battery (this will make the needle to jump over the retention pin) 4- Tight cable again.
My 1999 Buick Regal was doing the same sort of thing. Randomly the gauges would go crazy and then the engine would shut down. I ended up replacing the ignition switch. Not exactly where the key goes in, but the switch box behind it on the inside of the column. I had to take off the steering wheel, air bag and everything, but it hasn't had any problems like that since.