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Tachometer stuck at max

Tach stays at max, everything else is fine

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    rene murphy Mar 28, 2014

    So in the meantime before I get to that, is there any harm in driving it. It's a standard and I rarely look at the tach anyways.


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New cars use stepping motors to run meters today from the computer. You will need to remove the dash an replace the motor or the complete panel. It depends on what you want to do. Its not hard it just takes time. You will need a Haynes or Chiltons manual on how to remove panel, different in every car.

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  • cwradio73 Mar 28, 2014

    No its just a stepper motor, the only one I would worry about is the speed indicator. If speed goes out you can use your GPS as I did until I could fix it. The part is just a small square motor about the size of a quarter, maybe bigger or smaller. It is controlled by a signal from your cars computer. The motor is stuck or wore out. When you do get it opened replace the other ones while you are at it if you can solder. Some people just change out the whole dash, others like me replace parts, because I like working on things. It is not a serious problem an many people never fix them. Just keep an eye on your other gauges watching for failure. You dont want an important one going bad to not know oil pressure, temp, etc.

  • rene murphy
    rene murphy Mar 28, 2014

    Thanks alot


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