My 99 escort has been acting up and i don't know why. My speedometer will bounce around while driving. When I accelerate the speedometer will go up the true speed but when i let of the gas the needle will jump around for a few then drop to zero.Also my cruise control won't work anymore and i don't know if this runs of my speedometer or something else. I've taken the whole cluster out and cleaned all connection wires and made sure the connection was tight. All of my other gauges work fine. I have just replaced my alternator also so that could not be the problem.
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The 98 Escort is actually a Mazda 323 with Ford trim. It uses a solid state flasher relay for both turn signals and hazard lights. The relay is behind the speedometer. My guess is the relay has died. You can look it up online or check with your local auto parts store to get a visual.
The manual transmission in the Ford Escort uses transmission fluid, it is checked and filled in the same hole. That hole is where the speedometer cable is hooked up to the transmission. Remove the speedometer cable, set aside, then remove the locking bolt that holds the speedometer drive unit in place. Pull up on the drive unit and it will come out, look on the side of the drive unit and you will see the level indicator line for full and add. Fill as needed and reinstall the drive unit and cable. Hope this helps, let me know.
The problem is electrical. The speedometer/odometer box needs to be removed from behind the steering wheel (or after removing the steering wheel)...The bulbfuses behind the panel need to be changed and new electrical connections made for the speedometer/odometer to work.