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Speedo not working

This is an electronic pick up located on top of the transmission.

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  • lil_os Jul 01, 2009

    I have changed the pick up twice in 14 days? no shavings on the pickup. This is the 6th pick-up I have replaced in 100K miles. I was just wondering if there was reason the pickups were going out so quickly and if anyone else has had this problem.



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Try to clean the metal off of the pick up. It may work. If it has metal shavings on it and occasionally works or still doesn't work replace the pick's shot. The speedo still could be bad. but the pick ups go out rather easily. and even if the speedo is bad more than likely the pick up will have to be changed as well. So i would replace the pick up ( if it's got alot of metal shavings on it.

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