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Old December 31st, 2018, 18:52   #1
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Default Speedo/odometer not working

Iv been looking at a few cars and they say the speedo or the odometer has stopped working. Is this a easy fix or better off to tuck behind a truck and pray they arenít speeding and guess the miles?


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Old January 7th, 2019, 14:29   #2
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Not very common on newer cars as it's all electronically measured.
Most current vehicles have 4 wheel speed sensors. For ABS, traction control, or other purposes. Most German stuff going back 20 years has used multiple wheel speed sensors.

Speedometers have not been cable driven in a long time.

I would be at least mildly suspicious if I went to look at a newer car where the speedometer was funky... Usually more than one thing has to have gone wrong to get to that point.

Either way, it should be fixed immediately. I'm not sure you could pass any inspection without a functional speedometer
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Old January 8th, 2019, 09:28   #3
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Iv been looking at a few cars and they say the speedo or the odometer has stopped working. Is this a easy fix or better off to tuck behind a truck and pray they arenít speeding and guess the miles?
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I'm assuming that you were looking at some no name used car lots and not at a reputable dealer. Sounds to me as if they were trying to fiddle wth the odometer trying to roll it back and screwed it up!
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Many years ago, I had the speedo cable break in my subie. Ordered a new cable but was told it would take 5-6 weeks. I knew that running at 2500 in 5th gear put me at about 62 mph. That was confirmed by one of the friendly Iowa State Troopers. He just flashed his lights and didn't come after me on I-80. Speed limit was still 55 at the time.

I agree with the above comments about there being something fishy going on. Best advice is to stay away from those cars.
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Yeah, I'd be leery of where you are looking that you are finding all these cars.
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Just old cheap work beater with heaters they where both offered as private sells.


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I do not know how it is in Ohio, but where I live there are tons of "private" sales and many are what are called curb siders. These are used car dealers pretending they are a private seller.

One easy way to tell, in whose name is the vehicle ownership? Is it in this private sellers name? Probably not.
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