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96 Maxima gauge needles

Does anybody know how to remove the needles from the gauges in the isntrument cluster. I want to replace the gauges faceplates but I can't seem to get the needles out. Is there a special tool for that? I tried wiht my fingers but thet seemed very much in place.

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Here I hope this works for you step by step for removing needle from gauage. Click the word needle. This will take you to a step by step guide. All needles are the same to remove no matter the make of the car

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