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Old 01-07-2007, 07:32 PM   #1
deyoungc
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Exclamation That pesky o' speedometer

As many of you have relayed, the intermittant failures of the speedometer (predominanty on the '99 OBW, as far as I can tell) are a pain in the rear. I have been driving mine for about a year now and for the most part have gotten used to it. I have read many of the posts in regard to it and determined that mine is a failure of the speedo head (speedo and odo stops working, but tach and cruise are fine), while the washer/wiper trick worked for awhile...it doesn't any longer. Recently, I bought a used instrument cluster off eBay. Purportedly in "good working order"...I slapped it in today and took off for a drive. No luck, its still not working. I didn't drive it long enough to give it time to work...if indeed it would???

So, I cleaned the contacts on the back of my original instrument cluster for the speedometer (which they looked good already) and slapped it back in. Still nothing right off the bat. Probably is still working intermittantly. Since my cruise control still works...from what I have gathered it is not likely a VSS concern.

Are there any other diagnostics I can try before to make sure that if I do need to purchase a brand new speedo?

One last thing...If I do try and replace the VSS on my 2.5 manual tranny. Is it the one on the drivers side of the transmission?

Thanks
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Old 01-07-2007, 09:24 PM   #2
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i'm actually diagnosing my speed sensor problem now.. although i'm alittle deeper into the whole thing.. i have the cluster apart and the speedo out the car, testing it with a scope
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:15 PM   #3
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let us know what you find out...
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:53 PM   #4
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if i dont get home to late i'll post pics of the insides of the speedo part of the cluster
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