So bit more info
I don't think i'm dealing with an alignment issue perse but lemme know what you think.
Here's the symptoms as it is now.
I can unplug the speedo and then try and manually move the needles, either lightly or by putting a bit of pressure on them then moving it.
And i can get them to 0 no problem like that. (as they are unplugged)
I then reassemble and plug them in (with the key removed)
And the moment they are plugged in the needles drop to -10mph and -1k respectively.
The RPM hand actually moves back a forth a few mil very fast and touches the oil gauge (which is at zero as the car is off).
At this point the key is still not in the car.
After inserting the key and turning two spaces, the Oil gauge does its sweep and seems to work fine at showing the level
The Fuel gauge raises to the correct level as well.
With the oil gauge moved. the RPM needle is no longer flicking but is basically in the same position at -1k rpm
When I start the car.
Water and oil move up slowly as they would, at idle, the RPM needle is now at 0k. If i blip the throttle, it moves up in the increment it normally would, except offset by 1k.
Speedo is obviously in the same place but as I drive around it moves as it would do except 20 mph is actually 30 and so on.
I removed the plastic cover and plugged it back in then moves the needles to the correct resting positions.
AHAH I thought, because now it was all looking good.
But when I turn the car off, I'm back to Square one, at the RPM and Speedo needles are in a minus position, as they were before.
Given that this happened after a starter motor was fitted (and at that time the battery was reconnected and disconnected,) Is there anything that could have caused this.
So far since the issue i have had
A new battery
A used working cluster
Ex- Phase 3 China GTi-6 T-Reg