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Occaisionly my car's odometer says "no bus"

When this happens all the needles go to zero, the car still runs and everything. but if freaks me out a bit, wts up with that

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    When it happens to me, I just give the dashboard above the instrument cluster a good sharp smack. The gauges return and it acts like you are just starting up, airbag light, etc. Probably a loose component and/or harness connector. For me it is not worth the time to troubleshoot. Very intermittent...1x/month.

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Have a OBD code test run, this may be a vehicle speed sensor problem, if it is the sensor will set a code in the computer. If it is not the sensor then the speedometer has a circuit board fault.

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