My speedometer on my 96 Ford Explorer hardly ever works... If I allow the vehicle to sit for awhile it works for a very short amount of time. If I drive it for a long period of time there is no hope. I just want to be able to drive my vehicle.....Please help!
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Re: Speedometer is broken, how do i fix it??
Your issue is the "speed sensor". It's a small unit in the transmission that controls your speedometer. It is usually held in by 1 bolt, and has a wire clip attached to it. It's not a hard fix, but the part is kind of expensive; $70 to $100.
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Changing tires to another size than what was originally sent on the vehicle can change the accuratcy of the speedometer. To fix this requires changing the gear where the speedometer enters the transmission. The gears you change are probably a dealer item and they could tell you which one you need.
Not much info to go on, If your speedometer is not working it is more than likely a speed sensor. On the 96 it is located on the rear differential. It bolts in on the top of the hogs head, and only takes a single 10 mm bolt to hold it in. Before you replace it, take if off and clean it and try it. Sometimes the magnet gets too much wear particles on it to read the pulses. If that does not work , replace it before having to go to the computer or the cluster. 9 ot of 10 times it is just the speed sensor,.
INSPECT YOUR SPEEDO CABLE, IS IT BROKEN?????, IF NOT THEN IT'S YOUR SPEEDO HEAD BROKEN....IF YOURS IS ELECTRONIC THEN CHECK THE SENSOR AT THE TRANS "VSS" SENSOR...WITH OUT TEST EQUIP. JUST REPLACE IT AND RETEST.....gl
the speedometer/odometer works on a cable that goes into the side of the transmission with one 10mm bolt holding it in. It sounds as if the cable has been broken,pulled loose, or siezed up. Its easy to check the end under the vehicle but its very complicated checking it inside the dashboard. If you are a do it yourself type of person, id look underneath and see if the connection under the vehicle is still connected. Look on left rear of the transmission for a cable that goes into it and is held with a "Y" bracket and a small bolt.The dashboard part is the type of job where u got to make sure you remember where each screw goes to get back together.
does your cruise control work? If not, check the wiring from the VSS to the speedo cluster. Check VSS connector closely for pin pudhout or corrosion
Sometimes, the VSS siganl is converted by the instrument cluster and sent to the PCM and speedo.
Check engine light on?
The electronic speedometer (17255) receives a speed signal from the vehicle speed sensor (VSS) (9E731). This sensor is also used to sense vehicle speed for the engine management system and to regulate the cruise control when equipped.
Vehicle Speed Sensor
The Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) (Figure 53) is a variable reluctance or Hall-effect type sensor that generates a waveform with a frequency that is proportional to the speed of the vehicle. If the vehicle is moving at a relatively low velocity, the sensor produces a signal with a low frequency. As the vehicle velocity increases, the sensor generates a signal with a higher frequency. The PCM uses the frequency signal generated by the VSS (and other inputs) to control such parameters as fuel injection, ignition control, transmission/transaxle shift scheduling and torque converter clutch scheduling.
it should be the speedometer sensor connected to the tranny. it is easy to get at. and it should cost less then 40.00 dollars.when you drive the explorer. wind wiggles the wires around under the truck making it work sometimes.
you have fuses in the car close to the stirring wheel, and then there is under the hood more fuses in a back closer to the right back of the explorer. try that but it does sound as if your meter has to be fixed by a mechanic because the magnet for it sounds like it is needing some help. I hope that the help you are looking for comes soon.