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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Speedometer Cable and Housing
Common signs include the speedometer fluctuating erratically, not registering, or making squealing noises.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Speedometer Cable
Common signs include the speedometer needle wavering or not moving, squealing noises behind the dashboard, and the Check Engine Light coming on.
How Long Does a Speedometer Cable Last?
Speed limits are there to help provide better safety on the road. They’re not set arbitrarily. You need to know how fast you’re traveling in order to ensure that you’re both safe,...
How Long Does a Speedometer Cable and Housing Last?
Your car’s speedometer is a crucial component. It’s responsible for telling you how fast you’re traveling. If you have a newer car, your speedometer is electronic, even if the readout...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Speed Control Assembly
Common signs include cruise control not engaging or not maintaining the same speed and the Cruise Control Light staying on even when not activated.
How Long Does a Speed Control Assembly Last?
Using the gas pedal allows you to speed up and control the car on the road, but it can be a chore when driving long distances on relatively flat roads with...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Speedometer Sensor
Common signs include the speedometer not working, cruise control not engaging, Check Engine Light coming on, and loss of power.
How Long Does a Speedometer Sensor Last?
While a mechanical speedometer will use a speedometer cable attached to the driveshaft and transmission, that’s not the case with an electronic speedometer, such as is used in most modern vehicles. These...
How Cruise Control Works
The flashing red and blue lights are behind you. All the traffic passing by you slows slightly and stares just a bit longer than usual. The officer walks up to your window, tears the...
Is it Safe to Drive With a Donut Tire?
When one of your tires goes out, it is replaced with a donut tire (also called a spare tire, although a spare tire is typically the same size as a regular tire)....
How to Replace a Speedometer
The speedometer is a critical part of the vehicle. It tells the driver a greatly important detail: how fast he or she is going. This is a safety feature...
How to Replace the Speedometer Sensor on Most Cars
The speedometer has a sensor that fails if the speedometer or cruise control do not work, the Check Engine Light comes on, or the vehicle loses power.
How to Replace a Speedometer Cable and Housing on Most Cars
The speedometer cable and housing go bad when the speedometer needle does not work, only works erratically, or there is squealing under the dashboard.
4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Speedometer
The speedometer on a car is located on the dashboard, and displays how fast the vehicle is going while it is in motion. Today, speedometers are electronic and come standard on all vehicles. Common...
How to Buy a Good Quality Speedometer Sensor
Modern vehicles are great: they offer so many advanced features to help keep you safe on the road. The speedometer sensor is one of those great inventions – created to help you...

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Speedometer Working only after cold starts and Stops working after temperature increases and drops to zero and stays there
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely going to have an issue with the vehicle speed sensor or the wiring between these components. Both of them can be tested. The vehicle speed sensor is responsible for passing/generating...
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Speedometer stopped working, how do I repair it? 2003 Audi A6
Hello - most likely the speedometer sensor has failed, or the wiring to it has become disconnected. Check that first. It's also possible that the speedometer sensor drive gear has failed (small plastic gear), or the instrument panel speedo gauge...
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Check engine light.
YourMechanic does diagnose and repair speedometer malfunctions. If you desire that this problem be diagnosed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, simply request a speedometer diagnostic and the responding mechanic will get this resolved for...
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I had the mechanic to replace my vehicle speed senor and now my speedometer do not work. what must do to get my speedmeter working
You will need to first determine if the speed sensor is faulty or not. If the sensor is working correctly and was connected up then you will need to determine if the speedometer is broken inside. If the miles move...
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Speedometer stopped working and gauge lights stopped working after installing a subwoofer and a stereo.
Hi there. Check to see where the ground and positive wires to the subwoofer are attached to. Also check the remote wire, power wire, and the ground wire from the radio to where they are attached to. It is possible...
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My truck is stuck in 4L or 4H also the speedometer is saying I'm going 100 mph when I'm only going 20 mph. Is my GEM Module bad?
Hi there. The issue could be with the output shaft speed sensor on the tail shaft of the transfer case. The output shaft speed sensor is a sensor the registers the speed of the output shaft and lets the computer...
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My 2013 Ford Fusion doesn't have a odometer in the message center
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle's instrument cluster has a message center in the middle which will display a variety of information. You are able to change the display and the message that it carries with the appropriate...
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Stalling, transmission stuck in first gear
Hi. That can be so frustrating to have your car stall when you expect it to go! It is usually caused by an interruption in the delivery of fuel or spark. Technicians use diagnostic tests depending on the symptoms to...
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Speedometer/odometer quit working.
The speedometer is electronically controlled. Typically, there is a mini stepper (positioning) motor mounted on the instrument cluster PCB and it receives a signal from a speed sensor within the transmission. A wiring harness interconnects these components. The speed sensor...
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Speedometer not reading correctly.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The speedometer reads information coming in from the BCM (body control module). Which gathers its information from the wheel speed sensors, and engine speed sensors. With the meter partially working, it is likely an...
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The odometer won't increase or change, it is frozen on 30k miles.
Check the vehicle speed sensor (VSS) on the transmission and see if its unplugged. If the wire is plugged in, then either the VSS is not working or the speedometer gauge is broken. If you need further assistance with your...
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How do I turn on the digital speedometer in my Peugeot 208 '16 plate.
Hi there. You could go through the setup on the controls with your settings as you were before. This time, you will need to get to the speed selection and scroll down. This will get to where you need to...
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My speedometer drops past 70 when I may be going only 35 mph 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis
Hi - this behavior sounds like a failed speedometer instrument (the portion in the dash cluster rather than the cable from the transmission). It will be necessary to remove the speedometer "gauge", and either have it repaired at a speedometer...
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Total car system failure with the brakes not working properly, the accelerator not working, and the speedometer acting up all at the same time. Why?
The brake system is mechanical so you would want to check the brake fluid and make sure that it is full in the master cylinder reservoir. If the fluid is full, then either the fluid is full of moisture and...
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Speedometer is not working.
Check the wiring harness from the gauge cluster to the speedometer and see if the gauge is working. If the gauge is not working, then the gauge cluster would need replaced. If the gauge is working, then there could be...
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high mileage reading on my odometer for unknown reasons.
If the vehicle was register at 72K miles and then register at 99K miles after 11 months, that is 2,455 miles per month. If you are traveling on the freeways a lot and taking long trips that are 30 to...
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my speedometer and gas needle does not work on my 2003 mitsubishi outlander LS
Hello, thank you for writing in. The speedometer and the fuel gauge run independently of each other up until they connect to the instrument cluster at the back of your dashboard. If the other gauges were failing as well, you...
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Ignition, but not speedometer 2006 Dodge Charger
Hi there - if I understand your issue correctly, the speedometer is the failing component. Check fuses for the instrument cluster for blown fuses first, but most likely, the speedometer sensor (aka output speed sensor) on your transmission, or its...
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Replaced rear seal and now I Only have first gear and my speedamater don't work.
If you replaced the tail shaft seal behind the yoke and had to remove the driveshaft, then it is possible that the transmission vehicle speed sensor VSS is not installed correctly or the harness has been damaged. This will make...
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Why would my speedometer drop to 0 in my 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hello. Typically when the speedometer just stops working like that it is due to a failure in the vehicle speed sensor. If the sensor is failing or if it is making a poor connection then the speedometer will act like...

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