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I own a 1994 Volkswagen Jetta III GL, 2.0 Liter, 4Cylinder SOHC. About two weeks ago my fiancee was driving the car and claimed that the speedometer and tachometer were working intermittently. She described them as reading zero and then suddenly surging on before reading normally. After a couple of days of this they began working normally again for about a day and a half. At this point they simply shut off entirely and read zero until this morning. During this time I took the time to remove the instrument cluster and examine the wires that connected directly, and also to examine the cluster itself. Nothing was obviously out of place or broken; no evidence of burning or cracking, etc. Anyone have any idea what my problem could be, or would anyone be able to get me what I need to fix it? If I can't fix it myself I plan on taking it in to the dealer and learning what I can without paying any money...

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  • Nathan Danks Aug 02, 2010

    I've considered the possibility that it is one of the speed sensors, however Accums Razor doesn't seem to agree, correct me if I'm wrong. To my knowledge the wheel speed sensors feed the ECM information about how fast the car is moving, which the ECM then uses in turn to power things like the speedometer, cruise control, and ABS. If the speed sensors are faulty, then I would expect other car functions which rely on information about the vehicles speed to fail, but they do not; cruise control works as well as ABS.

    In addition the tachometer is no longer working as well. Unless the speed sensors are somehow integral to tachometer information and display then I must have had simultaneous failure of two separate parts, which doesn't seem likely to me. Any other things that it could be?

  • Nathan Danks Aug 02, 2010

    Right, that's my point, if the ECM does not know what vehicle the speed is doing, it will not be able to tell the other components what to register. The cruise control which relies on speed information from the ECM, which in turn relies on speed information from the vehicle speed sensors is functioning properly.

    Also, a faulty vehicle speed sensor does not explain the failure of the tachometer.

    Is there any possibility it could be a faulty electrical ground or could the instrument cluster (a single integrated instrument cluster controls the speedometer gauge, tachometer gauge, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge.) itself be failing.

    Note: the fuel and temperature gauge appear to be working properly.

  • Nathan Danks Aug 02, 2010

    To answer the questions that you asked, there is an ABS light. The warning lights appear to be functioning normally, but that's something that I have not looked into as thoroughly as I could have. In addition the blinkers (also part of the integrated instrument cluster) are functioning normally.

    One thing worth noting is that the Odometer does not go up; which would make sense if the module which controls the odometer does not know the vehicles speed. Prior to the failure of the speedometer the odometer was working properly.



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Hi this sounds more like one of the speed sensors might be u/s you have one on the rear hub and front hub, you can do this yourself if you have the tools, its a simple job of removing the old and putting the new in, Determine whether you need to replace the front or rear wheel speed sensor if you cant just replace both,place a jack under the car in the correct position and raise it. With the car supported, take off the tire and wheel assembly,detach the wheel speed sensor wiring connector just a small plug that goes into the hub area,use a wrench or a ratchet and socket set to loosen and detach the wheel bearing housing bolt. To remove the rear wheel speed sensor, you need to remove the nut from the stub axle,pull the wheel speed sensor out of the wheel bearing housing, if it is rusty, spray some wd40 on it and leave for a while, if that does not still make it come out, just litghtly tap it with a hammer to loosen it,Clean the area with a wire brush and lubricate it with lubricant wd40. You may want to cover the wheel bearing housing to prevent debris from entering the hole where the wheel speed sensor goes, or just put a piece of rag in the hole, Insert the new wheel speed sensor by pushing it in if it does not go in easy, clean around the hole some more, do not hit the new sensor as that will damage it, then just reinstall the components you removed. If you have a torque wrench, tighten the wheel bearing housing bolt to 70 inch pounds (8 Nm). hope that helps..phewww

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    steve morris Aug 02, 2010

    this is true, but if the ECM does not know what speed the vehicle is doing, it will not be able to tell the other components what to register do you have an abs light on dash? as they are a totally different entity from the speed sensors, the abs does not need to know how fast the vehicle is travelling, it needs to know how much pressure is needed to stop the vehicle, or how much to dampen the braking once the peddle is pushed, if the ECM is faulty then you should have an engine management light on the all the lights still come up on the dash and go out when running?

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    steve morris Aug 04, 2010

    ah..i think the reason why the odometer stopped working after the speedometer is that the ECM..or as well call them the ECU registers the fault of the speed sensor first, then, if after a while it does not sense the speed indicator is working it will then shut off things that are integral with the speed sensor, hence the delay, have you retrieved the error codes for this? as they may tell you allot more than is being surmised, as it could be something as simple as a relay..this could be worth checking the ECM for fault codes...

  • Nathan Danks Aug 04, 2010

    There are no fault codes; there is no fault. The ECU is working perfectly. The ECU is getting good speed information. The cruise control is functioning.

    Even if it the speed sensor failed it does not explain the failure of the tachometer. Vehicle speed and engine speed are entirely different imputs...



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