Speedometer troubles


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Lebouc
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Speedometer troubles

Postby Lebouc » Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:24 pm



Hi all ,
Recently my speedometer stopped working , well actually the needle stopped moving , it started by going nuts every once in a while and then it just dropped to " 0 " no longer moving , my odometer is still counting the kilometers and the trip meter works too , i checked the cable just to make sure , and i checked the gear in the wheel , everything is ok but the needle isn't moving , am i looking at the whole cluster thing or could it be just the speedometer sensor near the cluster ? anyone ever had problem and could comfirm what was wrong ?
Thanks in advance .

P.S : I forgot to mention that the automatic volume control on the radio no longer work which is probably normal since the speedo needle indicates that i'm not moving , and so does the flashers are not automatically stopping once you get to a certain speed , again probably caused by a speedo indicating " 0 " .

Frank !!!



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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:45 pm

When you said that you checked the cable, how exactly did you do that?
I've had a speedo cable break on a car inside the cable housing and was just sitting there spinning.
I would unhook from the dash and wheel, then spin it to see if it actually spins. If not, it's a quick fix.

BTW..if you do have to change out the cable, tie a string on the end so that when you pull it through, you can pull the new one back using the string.
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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:33 pm

If the odometer is still counting then the cable and the drive in the wheel are likely okay. Your problem seems to be in the speedo itself which is likely a whole lot harder and more expensive to fix than a busted cable. Sorry but can't help you there.

You should also notice that without a speed indication your cruise won't work either. You've already found out about the signals.
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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:57 am

yep..new speedo in your future..you could take it apart and see what's broken but unlikely you can fix it..
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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby Lebouc » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:56 pm

Thank you all , i'll start by changing the speedometer sensor in the cluster ( just in case i'm lucky ) if not , well i'll start looking for a cluster complete !!!!
I'll update the results when done , thanks again !!!!

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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby redial » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:03 am

You might get lucky and have a facility that can repair speedos. I could not get a replacement for one on an old van that I have, and took it out and sent it off for repairs. Not cheap, but less than a replacement.
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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby ghostdawg1520 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:05 pm

you can buy just the speedo,you dont have to change whole cluster,i just did that myself,my spedo froze up popping the cable....

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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby gford » Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:57 pm

I just replaced the speedometer on my 99 se, price was under $70.00 at cyclemax.

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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby gford » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:02 pm

$67.37 to be exact. Used the information in DIY on this forum to change dash lights to LED for guidance on replacing the speedometer. A couple of hours and up and running again.

If its your speed sensor they are available for around $33.00 at cyclemax

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Re: Speedometer troubles

Postby Lebouc » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:56 pm

I definately have to change the whole cluster , i dismantled the dash last week after verifying the gear , the cable, the speedo , i opened the cluster , try a new speed sensor and it wasn't it either , after a few hours of playing with the connectors and wires , i found that there's a bad connection in the cluster's electronic circuit plate and it doesn't sell by itself so you have to buy the whole cluster , thanks anyway for your help it was appreciated !!!




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