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Re: speedometer does not work 1998 Subaru forester
Sounds that the magnetic pickup on the vehicle speed sensor has stopped working. Dirt or grease usually. That will cause an erratic reading. Also check wiring to sensor. Poor connection is rare but possible. Good luck and have a good day.
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Hello, it is most likely the vehicle speed sensor. There is only one and should be mounted on the passengers side in the upper center section of the trans. The Subaru pin-point test says: Step 1-Is the vehicle an automatic?...No, then go to step 3- Does the speedometer operate normally?...No, Then check speedometer and VSS. I own two Subys and I've replace the speed sensor on one of them, I haven't seen to many gauge pods go out but it's not unheard of. But it's a lot cheaper to try a vehicle speed sensor than it is for a gauge pod. I hope this info helps!
It usually take a few days and a few dozen miles for all the rediness monitors to reset. The car must go through different types of drive patterns during this time, including stop and go traffic, steady highway driving, a few quick accelerations, and quick stops.
The ck engine light came on because the speedo stopped working. The computer knows the vehicle is moving but does not see it. If it is a manual transmission most likely the plastic speedo drive gear came apart and needs to be replaced. Or the cable came apart. Same goes for an auto, but the speed sensor is easier to replace. In the manual you need to take the unit apart.
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.
Sounds that the magnetic pickup on the vehicle speed sensor has stopped
working. Dirt or grease usually. That will cause an erratic reading.
Also check wiring to sensor. Poor connection is rare but possible. Good
luck and have a good day.