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Speedometer not working that is sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Is it a cable or is the information sent electricaly

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When you Talk about information being sent electronically or by cable i believe your talking about your throttle body which doesn't have anything to do with your speedometer working but it is cable driven. just by hearing you say it sometimes works leads me to believe that you have a lose wire or corroded connection somewhere.

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