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Spastic speedometer needle

My car has been fine and the other day I was going down the road and looked at my dash to see my speed and the needle is sitting on 0. Occasionally it will jump up and tell the speed but not too often. Does anyone know what it takes or how to go about fixing a speedometer needle that isn't working? I just don't know how it is setup. Obviously it isn't electronic since its not digital. Is it possible that a piece off the back of the needle fell off or is stuck? Please help!

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No it it electrical,you need to have someone replace the speed sensor on the transmission.

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