You can take apart your gauges pretty easy and check to see if the needle is just stuck. I know when I installed my new face plates I got some epoxy down where the tach needle goes and everyonce in a while it will stick when i start up the car, I just give the dash a little hit from my wrist and it pops right up. You will need a torx screwdriver to remove the screws, there are two of them at the top of your gauge panel. Then reach over to where your light switch is and under that there is a screw; remove that screw and pull out that switch and fan(comes out as one piece) and unplug the light switch and fog light switch if you have it. Reach your hand back in that hole over toward your gauges, find the back of them and push on them, wiggle and move 'em around and they will come loose, pull them as far out as you can straight, and reach back and unplug those wires, there is a latch mechanism on them that has to be unlatched. After getting the wires unplugged work it around to get the panel out from behind the steering wheel(you do not have to remove the wheel, it comes out, it may take some time but it will come out.
After getting them out turn the gauges on their front and look at the back there are 5 or 6 screws, also torx, to be removed, after they are takin out, you have to cut a sticker about some warning about takin the gauges apart blah blah blah(like a matress tag lol) anyway once you get them apart you should be able to touch the needles and stuff. Taking the speedo needle off isnt too bad because you dont have to mark where it was before. To remove it, it takes a bit of pressure, I used two small flat head screw drivers under the needle where it slide onto the electric motor. by taking the screw driver like this (T is the needle :P) --T-- /T\ it will pop off after a bit. Look around in there and see if there is something blocking the needle, or maybe the motor is fried, i unno. Put the needle back on just line it up with the little pointer piece at 0 or w/e then reverse the breakdown and install everything back.
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I agree with all the posters that said replacement of fuses can't hurt... but checking them for continuity is super easy and quick and can save you some money on replacment fuses. however, since you say that smacking the custer makes it work... it is highly unlikely that a fuse is bad since the fuse is not anywhere near the cluster. But answer my earlier post .... did everything work before you changed the faces?
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