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Dashboard lights and speedometer acting up

4 days ago i was rear ended and my bumper was torn off and the cushion (plastic) was almost destroyed. Now the parking brake light came on and so did the service engine light. Tested the parking brake and it works fine. The speedometer dosent work either but the rpm gauge works fine.....overall the car runs fine. can I still drive the car until I can have an estimate done on the damage from the accident and not damage the the computer damaged?

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  • Ted Hernandez May 05, 2013

    did anyone take a look at my question posted 24 hrs ago...2004 nissan maxima 3.5 got rear ended and now the speedometer isn't working and the brake light and service engine light are on does anyone think maybe the computer got comprimised from the accident. and is it safe to drive? The car runs alright now..outside of the rear end damage.



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The facts you have given you have not stated what Vehicle this is is the most Important thing/
However as you state the parts are not working the answer is yes the computer needs reprogramming so you should get it to the repair company they can reset your computer & inform you if it is still safe to drive. Best Wishes. Malcolm Campbell

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SOURCE: i was rear ended hard and five miles down the road my car shut off the auto shop says its the fuel pump. Can the fuel pump be damaged cause of the accident it worked fine till then?

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