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Speedometer on my 1989 Chevy S10 quits working while driving then starts working again later on

It is electronic not cable driven

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I would check/fix the speed sensor plug first. Pins on the inside spread apart and will loose contact when the get hotter. Next would be replace the speed sensor. They are coils and act the same way. When hot they die, but cold they work fine. You can check the speed sensor with an ohm or hertz meter. But you have to check it when the sensor is hot.

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You need to find out if your speedometer is cable driven or electronic. If it is cable driven there will be a cable running from your transmission to the back of the speedometer. Sometimes the cables lose their lubrication and break. Usually pretty cheap to replace.

If your speedometer is electronic there is a sensor on your transmission that sends a signal to your speedometer. Either your sensor (called a Vehicle Speed Sensor or VSS) went bad or your speedometer quit working. The sensors are usually inexpensive....the speedometers are NOT! Last one I needed I bought off eBay and purchased one with the lowest miles I could find. If you ever sell the car you have to mark the title that the speedometer is not correct. I usually keep the old speedometer around along with a record of the mileage of the replacement so I can always figure out the cars true mileage if I need to.

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