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Wacky Oil Gauge

fine69

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I received a new replacement oil gauge yesterday. The needle is pointing straight up and not at zero. Is there supposed to be a way to calibrate this, or did I get a defective one?
 

LVMYVT76

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probably when you hook up the guage, it will start functioning correctly. other guages I have put in come with the needle not at zero untill you hook them up.
 

Vettehead Mikey

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'69s had a purely mechanical gauge, it should read 0 with no pressure apllied.

You might want to give it a small whack to see if it resets before sending it back.
 

GTR1999

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look on the back side there are sometimes shipping chokes in them, be sure it is free to move.
 

fine69

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I received a new replacement oil gauge yesterday. The needle is pointing straight up and not at zero. Is there supposed to be a way to calibrate this, or did I get a defective one?

Thanks for the replies. Just a quick follow-up. The gauge was defective. The needle is indeed supposed to return to zero when the engine is not running. Corvette Central immediately sent me a replacement, and even a UPS label for the return.
 

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