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On my 1997 explorer 4x4 the speedometer and cruise control does not work, what should i do

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You need to check all of the fuses and the sensor for the cruise control give these websites a try www.alldatadiy.com and www.autozone.com if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your SUV wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

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