Cheap Burnt out Needle Fix
Hi all, New Lexus owner (93 ES300) and forum user here. I too have the old burnt out needles syndrome except for the tach. Not ready to try the DIY led fix yet but i came up with a real simple way for me to see .. how fast i was going, what my temp is and how much gas i have left !!
I bought a roll of Reflective Chrome Pin Striping Tape (TrimBrite T0914 Chrome 1/4") from the local auto parts store. I cut a length and spit it down the middle. I managed to remove the plastic cover from the from of the instrument cluster without removing the whole thing. I gently applied the tape to the dead needles. Seems to work fine for a visual reference. Im not saying it looks great, but its a temporary fix. I noticed that someone had removed the cluster before.. missing screws, broken tabs. So that leads me to a question.,, what position should the temp guage read at normal So Cal driving conditions and again under normal conditons what should my speed be at 2600 RPMS freeway driving ? Im concerned that the previous owner has offset the needles ?