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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 doesn't register correctly
Hello and thank you for your question. When it comes to a speedometer not working correctly, then there can be two things that cause this issue. One is if the VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor) in the transmission output shaft has...
Speedometer stick and jumps
Hello. Your Geo utilizes a speedometer cable (rather than an electronic sensor and wiring) to communicate speed from the transmission to the speedometer cluster. Given your mileage, the cable lining has probably deteriorated and the cable should be replaced. If...
Speedometer and thermostat housing compatability between two cars.
Hello, both the '97 and '98 Festivas are "2nd generation" models, so most body parts (including the speedometer) should (no guarantee here), be compatible. Engine parts (thermostat housing) should be compatible if they were from the same engine series -...
My speedometer intermittently works at about 1/2 speed.
As long as there is nothing wrong with the transmission, it would have to be a problem with either the speedometer drive cable, or the speedometer head unit. The drive cable is driven off of a gear in the transmission...
1st and 2nd I lost 3rd and 4th actually goes into neutral in 3rd and 4th
I don't think it has to do with your speedometer. The speedometer cable that goes to your speedometer has a sensor on the opposite side but the sensor isn't big enough to cause damage to your transmission. I would check...
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...
Speedometer is erratic and the S light is on
There are a few different components that can cause these issues. The main one is the vehicle speed sensor (VSS). This is located on your transmission, and communicates to the engine what speed the transmission is receiving. The VSS also...
Speedometer not working
Hello. In order to more specifically answer your question, I would require your vehicle's make and model. Generally speaking, speedometers are usually controlled by a speed sensor, and in older models with an accompanying speedometer cable. If the speed sensor...
Interchangeable Speedometer?
Hello. The two take different part numbers and if the numbers are different then most likely they are not interchangeable. If you need help installing a new speedometer your best bet may be to consult a local dealer.
What's wrong with my gas pedal?
Hello. This may be related to what is called a throttle position sensor. This is a small sensor inside the intake system of your car that monitors the position of your foot on the gas pedal and relays this information...
Engine check light on and cruise control not working, but speedometer works
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Usually the P0717 OBD-II error code is associated with a speed sensor problem inside the transmission. This part helps to monitor the cruise control along with the speedometer. If the sensor is damaged or...
Instrument cluster on the dash, tachometer bounces, speedometer at 0. Unplugged ABS module, speedometer at 0. doesn't shift gears
Hello. There are a lot of possible issues that can cause this. Most of the time this is either due to a short in the ABS module or it may just be a voltage issue. I would usually start by...
Speedometer and odometer off when starting the car
Hey there. Although we need a bit more information from you to accurately pinpoint the source of your issue, it sounds like this could be due to a damaged or faulty transmission speed sensor. Sometimes the speed sensor, which monitors...
Speedometer, revolutions meter, and miles counter not working.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. It seems that there could be a ground wire that is loose under the dashboard. If the ground wires are all good and tight, then the instrument cluster panel needs to be repaired...
Speedometer is registering half speed
Hi there. Most of the time this is caused by a bad vehicle speed sensor. This is a common failure on this vehicle. When the sensor fails it either stops reading or it reads improperly. It can also be an...
My speedometer is going back and fourth and drops to zero while driving but, my rpm gauge is fine.
Hello. The crankshaft position sensor will not cause a fluctuation in the speedometer gauge. It can affect the rpm gauge, but not the speedometer. If the speedometer is acting like this then most of the time this is caused by...
OBD code P0501, speedometer dead, hesitation shifting.
From your description it sounds like either the speed sensor is bad or there is a problem in the wiring of the speed sensor circuit. Your transmission is shifting weird because the car does not know how fast it is...
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...
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...
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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