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I have a 1997 Dodge Voyager Ralleye and the speedometer needle fell off because the instrument panel shorts out once in a while and my wife smacked the top of the dash and it fell off...so I pulled apart the dash and got the instrument panel out, put the needle back on and everything worked good except when I started the car, the speedometer registered 5mph, so it was 5mph off. I took it apart again and took off all the needles (4 of them) and put it back and now the only one that registers correctly is the temp guage. the Tac moves slightly and the speedometer doesn't move, the gas gauge goes above full! How do I calibrate them. I've done the self diagnostic check and it went thru check 0, 1, and 2 and 3 and didn't reset it.

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This is a tough one, the needles need to be marked before removal,you will need to turn key on and then put needle to speedo on o mph then the tach at o rpm the coolant at o degrees, the hrad one is the fuel because you need to know exactly how much gas is in the tank, or fill the tank and then put the needle to full, again put needles on with key on, hope this works, good luck.

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With the needles off and the scanner set to calibrate the speedometer and all the rest of the needles need to be installed at 1/2 full range with the system on unless otherwise noticed by the scanner.

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850,
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1998-00,

1999-00

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