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WHY DOES MY RPM GAUGE STICK WHILE DRIVING

WHEN I START MOVING MY RPM GAUGE STICKS WHEN IT GETS UP AROUND 3000

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  • rbrown7171 Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks I'll try that

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Faulty dial, remove the instrument panel and spray some switch cleaner in to the back of the dial, if this doesn't work you'll need to replace the dial

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