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The cable has broken if it is not digital you have to see if it runs to the wheel or to the tranny

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My 05 Focus speedometer is wacky. All other gauges and systems work fine. The speedometer needle doesn't go to zero when vehicle stops moving.


Sounds like the speedometer is faulty. If the speed sensor were the problem, the odometer would not work correctly, the transmission would not shift correctly, and the check engine light would be on.

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I HAVE A 2005 4 CYLINDAR HYUNDAI SONATA. THE SPEEDOMETER MOVES UP TO ABOUT 40 MPH AND GETS STUCK. IT DOES NOT MOVE PAST THAT SPEED. AFTER PARKING AND TURNING OFF THE CAR, THE SPEEDOMETER NEEDLE STAYS AT...


sounds like the coil spring for the speedometer needle is bad. you can replace it or buy a new instrument cluster. Look at local salvage yards for cheaper price.

Sep 13, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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While driving, The speedometer needle sometimes doesn't move from zero.


IS this a Chevrolet? What year?

There is a known problem with the Instrument Clusters and you have to replace the Stepper Motors to get it to work correctly..

This is true for most Makes and Models but Especially in GM Products I will only rebuild a Cluster with a X27.168 Stepper Motor

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1986 Alfa Romeo Spyder. WHen stopped, speedometer shows about 12 mph. At highway speed, it shows about 20 mph. Odomater seems fine.


Phylspilot, my 86 Spider never displayed less than 10 mph. If you look closely, you should see a tiny pin that the needle touches at about 10 mph. That prevents it from ever falling to zero. The needle will not move up until the speed exceeds 10. From my experience, that is normal. In your case, not displaying >20 is NOT normal.

The problem could be a few different things. Since the odometer appears to be working ok (I assume you checked that it racks up the miles at a rate commensurate with your approx speed), the speed needle may be sticking. I had the opposite problem with mine - speed needle okay, and odometer messed up.

I recommend pulling the speedometer housing out of the dash and checking to see if anything is causing the needle to bind. If it isn't, then check the fine spring where the needle is attached to ensure the spring is okay. You should be able to move the needle with your finger smoothly and have it return gently to the start position (in your case 12 mph).

This is a tricky operation. If you remove the needle from the stem, carefully place it back on the stem. Do this without moving the stem. Just reinsert the speed needle on the stem exactly at the small pin that holds the pin at about 10 mph.

Check the entire speedometer housing for cracks. Any crack could be enough to prevent proper operation. (That was the source of my odometer issue.)

Have fun putting it all back together.

Mar 20, 2013 | 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider

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Speedometer not working


Could be the speed sensor on the transmission or the speedometer on the dash. Does the odometer work ?

Dec 09, 2012 | 2002 Chrysler Town & Country

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98 Camry LE V6 Speedometer/Odometer and transmission shifting issue


if the speedo is not sending a speed the trans will go into back up mode and the trans will not shift normally check the speed sensor

Aug 28, 2012 | 1998 Toyota Camry

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Replaced speed sensor but spedommeter not working


The needle in the speedometer is moved by a tiny eklectric motor, that mtor is likely defective, remove the speedometer and sent it out for repair. Google the problem like this "speedometer repair for (make of car)"

Feb 16, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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THE SPEEDOMETER STOPS WORKING WHEN IT GETS HOT ON MY 2004 TRAIL BLAZER THANKS.


If everything else works ok, the vehicle drives normally, and all the other gauges are working then you may have a bad speedometer servo motor. This servo is what actually moves the speedometer needle to match the speed you are driving at. The cluster would need to come out and be repaired to fix this problem if this is the case.

Jan 17, 2011 | 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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All the gauges seem to work except the speedometer


On my 1999 Cirrus the speedometer would work sometimes and other times not. Now not at all. The cruise control always works though. I have a shop manual and found that the instrument cluster has self diagnostics. Press in the digital odometer button and hold it. Then turn the ignition on without starting. The needles will then move to different positions, then each indicator light will come on one at a time. If the speedometer needle doesn't move during diagnostics, then you need to replace the circuit board that attaches to the back of the cluster. You can order one for just over $200 at http://www.discountmoparparts.net.

Sep 13, 2009 | 1995 Chrysler Cirrus

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