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1991 Pathfinder speedometer not working. Cable is ok, disconnected from tranny and it spins to Speedometer end. Pulled speedometer and the gears all turn when pin from cable is inserted and spun, but needle does not move. How do I check if the tranny is actually spinning the cable?

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Try giving it a good rap on dash above speedo, see what happens, and get back to me, it may have same problem as my old 95' neon did.

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SOURCE: SPeedometer not working.

U need to replace the vehicle speed sensor on the transmission, it has failed this will fix all the problems. see photo of sensor.

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SOURCE: Speedometer/odometer/cruise control isn't working.

It's your speed sensor at the transfercase on the drivers side i believe. Check the wire and clip to the sensor for any break or loose contacts. 
Easy fix and is about a 30 min job to do with simple tools. Un-clip the wire conntection, remove the retainer bolt and slide and sensor out. To install just do everything in reverse and add transmisson oil if needed.

Most of the time, it's going to be the sensor. Keep in mind that there are two sensor's so make sure it's the one on the output shaft at the transfercase. The other one is closer to the front of the transmission on the same side with is the input Volosity speed sensor.
If it was your ABS sensor, you ABS light would come on in your dash.
Good luck and hope this helps

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SOURCE: 1999 Subaru Forester speedometer not working

About the only way is to diassemble it, but it sounds like it's not wrth doing. Your speedometer is having some real malfunction issues anyway. Might as well get a new one (or used). If you did get the needle to the right place, it's just going to end up in the wrong one again.

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