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Speedometer thanks for the link.i now no how to unscrew & take down the instrumewnt panel and change the bulb,but thats about wondering how to test to see what is causing the speedometer to be dead.fuse,sensor or wire.i need to no where each is located and what should i test first and how to test it.thanks

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  • lwthegirl Jul 15, 2008

    the guy who changed my oil said he just did one and wont be doing one again.he lifted my car up and showed me where the wire is and said its not easy to do.he had to drop the trans or get to it better.yikes!!

  • BignHelpless Nov 10, 2008

    My speedometer stopped working. I bought a new speed sensor and attempted to remove the old one. It is galled into place so bad that even with the mounting bracket bolt removed the sensor won't budge. I soaked it in WD40 over night but still it won't move. I broke the male connector off the top trying to get it out.It has a flat edge on the sensor base where it fits only one position but this doesn't allow it to be twisted to loosen it. Any suggestions? If i have a dealer do it what is an average cost? Does the tranny have to be lowered to get to it?



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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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