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Odometer 1999 Ford F150 4.6l My odometer works intermediately.local dealer will not give me an answer what the problem is.

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  • twysted Jan 13, 2009

    Mine is the same, and sometimes "freaks out" and displays quickly changing random garbage. A good smack on the dash will knock it into either working or shutting off. It is only the display, as it keeps accurate milage. It has to be a short in or arround the chip that formats and sends the signals to the readout (why else would it display random garbage instead of just turning off?)

    I just live with it, as it would be too much trouble/money to fix it.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    ford f150 odometer light won't work



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Yeah, I have the same problem.

The dealer wants over 300.00 for a new gauge cluster.

He said that the Odometer in those just have problems, but you can buy a used one on eBay for under 100.00 and probably install it yourself. Fords are pretty simple.

I haven't done mine yet, because I don't plan on selling anytime soon. I will eventually.

If you can't tackle the switch-out you can probably take it to just about any mechanic and get it done inexpensively.

Remember that the odometer reading does not come from the cluster, but from the computer, so when you install a new(used) cluster, your correct mileage will show. Consider getting the same cluster, but from a model a couple of years newer. They may have had the problem fixed by then. I think they made this style through 2003.

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Hello. I have a 1999 F-150. I bought this vehicle used. I later found out that the Ometer display works intermitedly. I guess it is a wiring problem. Would you please tell me where to start to troubleshoot this problem. If I need to pull out the dash unit that houses the ometer, whow do I do that with out damaging it? Dmitri E. Gurkweitz at Thank you.

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If you go to and search intermittent odometer one guy gives step by step instructions with the same problem. I also had the same problem with my 1999 f-150. His solution worked for me.

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I have the same issue - I have the gage package and there is a small wire harness running from the back of the gages to the odometer area. The harness looks like a ribbon cable with about 10 or so wires in it. The wires are solid and break inside the insulation. I tested and found the broken (open) wire and soldered a wire in parallel around the open. This is kinda hard to do as the wires are really small. It can be tough to remove the gage assembly - look out for the headlight switch! I don't know if the small harness is available from Ford.

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  • Robert Shelton Jul 21, 2010

    My problem has returned and I find it's probably a crack in the solder joint on the back of the gage assembly. Here's a link to a detailed set of repair instructions.


It should be a digital odometer. That is built into the cluster. You will probably need a new instrument cluster, which will need to be programed.

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Is it a digital odometer or a mechanical one? If it is a digital odometer I would start by checking the fuses.

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