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Speedometer sometimes the speedometer works and sometimes not. If I hit a bump in the road it may or may not work. Sometimes all the guages go blank. Sometimes it will "overheat: it has all the fluids at appropriate level. This started when I had to have a new rebuilt transmission put in.

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Like with many newer cars, there is a speed sensor and wire for the speedometer, not a cable. I would say based on the information provided that when they replaced the transmission everything was not hooked back up properly. For intermitent electrical problems like your guage cluster/speedometer sometimes going blank, a short or bad connection is almost a certainty. Which could explain the overheating as well, the fan is electric and may not be working all the time. To switch the transmission, they probably lowered the engine and transmission out of it, put the engine on the new transmission and then reinstalled the assembly. In the process they may have missed some wire hook ups, or pinched a set of wires in the loom. There are a lot of wires running through the engie compartment and it can be easy to overlook or miss things.

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