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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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The speedometer, odometer, & mileage gauges are not working.
This is likely related to what is called a speed input/output shaft sensor which is a sensor mounted down on the transmission that monitors the speed of the output shaft of the transmission. This is relayed to your ECU which...
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Speedometer stays at zero cant see what speed im doing rev counter at zero that part of dash blank.vauxhall antara.sp08snk
This is likely a bad fuse (since it's multiple items in the cluster), or a bad connector to the cluster. Check fuses, then disconnect and reconnect the instrument cluster wiring plugs - use electrical contact cleaner as well to clean...
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speedometer tacometer and cruise not working
Hello. If the speedometer, tachometer, and cruise control all suddenly stopped working then the first thing I would look at is the vehicle's fuses. It may be possible that the fuses related to the gauges or cluster has gone out...
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My Speed Sensor is not working-
Sensors are made of plastic and plastic doesn't like to be warmed and cooled. Which is exactly what is happening you your car everyday. Normally, plastics will last a 100,000 miles or so. With a new sensor, it is not...
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My car is still acting up and the speedometer and odometer is not working.
Hi there. First remove the battery cables both positive and ground. Go in the cab and operate everything, even though there is no power. After 12 minutes put the battery cables back on. This will drain all power to the...
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Headlights, power locks, and speedometer not working
Hey there. The fact that the ABS and 4WD service lights came on means there is a fault code stored that may shed some light on those problems. Commonly when the ABS and 4WD lights come on together, the problem...
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My alternator was just replaced. Now it's whining and locking on me! Why?
Check the transmission output shaft housing and make sure that it is not cracked or damaged. The vehicle speed sensor is located in the output shaft housing and controls the speedometer. If the housing is binding with the output shaft,...
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Transmission fluid is leaking out and the speedometer is not working.
Many common faults will cause your 1997 Ford F-150 to have a transmission leak and a speedometer that does not function. Transmission leaks can occur in various areas but the most common are the pan gasket, output seal, sensor seals,...
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The ABS is faulty and the wipers, speedometer, and rev count are acting erratically
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. First, check the battery for any corrosion or loose cables. Then, check the fuses in the fuse box for any burned fuses. Check under the dash for any loose wires or loose grounds that...
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I double clicked my hazardous lights and my car beeped and a yellow blinking light turned on next to my speedometer
Hey there. Have you read your owner's manual to see if the double-click command had a vehicle system response? Sometimes a sequence of button presses may activate a system response. Your double-click may or may not be related. If there...
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Unreadable Speedometer and Gas Gauges
Hello - an immediate solution is to turn on your running lights during the daytime. This will turn on the instrument cluster lights, adding some illumination to the gauges and their readings. Make sure the "interior light" adjustment knob is...
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Instrument lights come on. Speedometer and tachometer stop working, then come back on periodically
Hi there. There is a loose ground that is causing the lights to appear at any time. Check the battery cables to ensure that they are tight. Check the ground wires under the dash and make sure that they are...
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My dashboard instrument panel stopped working all of a sudden
Instrument panel failures were a problem with this model, largely caused by water leaks in the windshield/cowl area that found their way to the instrument cluster (Technical Service Bulletin 383318). There was even an informal customer satisfaction program early in...
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Fuel gauge failure
Hello there, you have several issues going on with your 1995 BMW 740iL. The fuel gauge issues and the speedometer faults may be related or separate issues. The speedometer has a few common faults such as a speedo gear failure,...
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ABS Light on, speedometer not responding, and air conditiong shuts down
Hello. Since you are receiving multiple warning lights, you will want to start by having the vehicle scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. This will give you some insight to the issues the computer has already detected, and will make diagnosis...
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Brake Light on, ABS light on, speedometer to zero and temperature some to zero. This problem sometimes occur and it's not usual.
Hello. Sounds like you have multiple problems. Check fuses first of course, then check the brake light switch, are brake lights coming on when you press the pedal? Get the problem codes from the ABS system - it's possible there...
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Speedometer not working
Hello there, you are correct. Both of the codes on your 2001 Hyundai Elantra can relate to the speedometer. The P0720 code is for output speed sensor circuit fault, this can be caused by a faulty speed sensor, a wiring...
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P0720 and P1529 codes and speedometer is not working.
Hi there. The OBD-II Error code P0720 indicates that a transmission speed sensor is faulty or receiving faulty data; which can cause your speedometer to not function. In most cases, this is more of an inconvenience, however, the speed sensor...
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My speedometer has stopped working
Hi there. There are a few parts that impact the speedometer's operation. However, the most common cause of speedometer issues on your type of vehicle is the transmission speed sensor. In some cases, it's just the outside housing or electrical...
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Speedometer stops working
Depending on the type of vehicle you have and how the speedometer is actuated is going to be different. You may have a speed sensor in the transmission and run off of the out put shaft or a sensor in...

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