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Offline 55 CDV Fan 82

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How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« on: September 10, 2015, 10:02:54 AM »

My shift indicator is off as it reads between P and D when its in Park and nearly disappears when I put it in Reverse.  Is this an easy adjustment or do I have to pull dash components off in order to correct this?
Tim

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Offline marty55cdv

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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2015, 01:11:46 PM »
  There is a plate that comes off the bottom of the steering Column, it is held on with a couple of decorative screws, the pointer mounts in that area behind it and you can adjust it there.
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Offline Jon S

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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2015, 01:17:06 PM »
  There is a plate that comes off the bottom of the steering Column, it is held on with a couple of decorative screws, the pointer mounts in that area behind it and you can adjust it there.

It is held on with a small nut/screw and has fore/aft left/right adjustment.  It can fall in your hand if you loosen it too much and be careful not to mess up the red paint as you adjust it because it can rub on surrounding areas.  Ask me how I know.
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Offline cadparts58

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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2015, 01:18:30 PM »
Tim,
  If you take the lower cover off the steering column you should see where the indicator is attached to the column. There is one screw that holds it in and can be adjusted by loosening the screw and moving the indicator up or down. It has an elongated hole for adjustment. If the original screws are on the cover they can be a bear to loosen. They almost look like reverse torx head screws, but are not. You may be able to get them loose with pliers. They are the only screws on the car that are made that way. Hope this helps. Frank
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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2015, 02:27:42 PM »

Okay that seems really easy to do.  I'll give it a try over the weekend.  Thanks!
Tim

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1955 Cadillac Coupe Deville "Evelyn"
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible "Joyce"

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1937 LaSalle Opera Coupe "Adeline"
1940 Chevrolet Coupe "Scarlett"
1941 Ford 11Y truck
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Offline markcoombs

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Re: How to refit gear shift indicator needle on a 1960 Cadillac
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 05:43:11 AM »
Hi all the gear position indicator has fallen off on my 1960 cadillac and it no longer starts wondering if the two are connected and if anyone can provide advice on how to reinstall thanks

Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2021, 06:47:59 AM »
G'day Mark,

Is the car LHD or converted to RHD?

Firstly, the gear indicator is not connected to the ignition system, but is just an indicator needle that shows the gear position when it is correctly adjusted.

The Neutral Start-safety Switch is actuated by the gear shift shaft that goes down inside the steering column.   This NSS is also the Reversing Light switch, and the Auto Park Brake Release, which is Vacuum operated.

Now, could it be possible that the indicator has fallen off and managed to short out some wiring that affects the Starting circuit?

Next, does the Reversing Lights come on when moving the gear lever?   And did the Park Brake release when going out of Park, with the engine running before this current problem?

Bruce. >:D
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Offline 55 CDV Fan 82

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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2021, 11:30:52 AM »

Should be an easy fix.  On my 57 it was attached by a small bracket and bolt screw.  Mine was loose and I was able to adjust it properly.  Its amazing how easy these cars are to fix/work on.
Tim

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1955 Cadillac Coupe Deville "Evelyn"
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible "Joyce"

Past Cars

1937 LaSalle Opera Coupe "Adeline"
1940 Chevrolet Coupe "Scarlett"
1941 Ford 11Y truck
1954 Buick Special 48D
1955 Packard Clipper Super Panama
1957 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe
1962 VW Bug
1962 Dodge 880
1966 Mercury Montclair
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1968 Plymouth Barracuda
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Offline markcoombs

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Re: How to adjust shift indicator needle on a 1957 Cadillac
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2021, 06:27:27 AM »
Thanks All appreciate your advice my car is LHD Bruce great to hear its not connected to ignition system will check out the starting circuit and reverse lights and get back to you

 

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