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Old 03-31-2010, 02:25 AM   #1
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Exclamation 96 subaru speedometer stop working check engine

My 1996 subaru impreza L 2.2 speedometer stopped working, and about 5 min later the check engine light came on. I know i need to get the code read but i will not have time to do that for a day or to. So has anyone else had this problem? If so how did you fix it?

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Also it its running in limp mode only letting me tack up to 4k
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:41 AM   #2
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My 1996 subaru impreza L 2.2 speedometer stopped working, and about 5 min later the check engine light came on. I know i need to get the code read but i will not have time to do that for a day or to. So has anyone else had this problem? If so how did you fix it?
bet ya its gonna tell you there is a faulty circuit or something like that. so without knowing that code nobody can help you.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:34 AM   #3
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Replace the speedo cable.
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:12 AM   #4
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ok will i ran the obd2 on it and it gave me 2 codes the first is:

P0500 witch is vehicle speed sensor malfunction.
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Po5o5 Idle control system malfunction.

What i want to do is focus on the speed sensor malfunction. I need to know where it is on the car so i can replace it. There is a pick and pull close to me with lots of subarus and lots of EJ22. So if some one can help me out with an "how to" that would be really cool! Thank you for your help so far.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:57 AM   #5
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ok will i ran the obd2 on it and it gave me 2 codes the first is:

P0500 witch is vehicle speed sensor malfunction.
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Po5o5 Idle control system malfunction.

What i want to do is focus on the speed sensor malfunction. I need to know where it is on the car so i can replace it. There is a pick and pull close to me with lots of subarus and lots of EJ22. So if some one can help me out with an "how to" that would be really cool! Thank you for your help so far.
haha I was close! I knew it was going to say a code like that, well I dont know the instruction so this is a bump for ya
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:39 AM   #6
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Also i will be getting my parts from the junk yard so i need to know if it makes a difference if it comes off an automatic? my is stick
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:45 AM   #7
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Replace the speedo cable.
Did you not read that?

Now that is assuming that the USDM MY96 still used cable drive speedometers. Chances are it is the lower section of cable that has failed. It is common failure. I have had a cable failure on ALL my Subaru vehicles apart from my 1986 Leone Coupe, but that was because I hardly drove it.
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Old 04-03-2010, 02:14 PM   #8
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dont know why it thinks my pics are videos please click where is says video and it will bring up the pic

That was it! You where right on about the cable.

broke part trany side
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/6.jpg
Broke part2 tranny side
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/3.jpg
And this is what the cable looks like
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/5.jpg
speedometer side
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/4.jpg
and here are some pics of where it is on the car to help others who have this prob

fire wall behind the speedometer under the hood
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/2.jpg
trany passenger side under the hood
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/JPG.jpg
It really was not very hard at all.

First i took it off the trany side and straiten out the cable. Then I pulled out the grommet on the fire wall and just pulled the cable out of the speedometer side, nothing was really holding it but the slip clip that holds it to the speedometer.

Now the hard part putting it back together. it was about 8 screws and some unclipping of wires and the driver gauges where lose enough to get my hand behind. then i pushed the new cable through the fire wall and it prity much when where i needed it to go and i just clipped it in to the speedometer. Then put the gauges back and feed the cable down and around back the the trany. I did have a bit of trouble getting the new cable lined up right in the hole

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/6.jpg
as you can see in this pic its got a flat side that can only go in one way but i used a little led flash light to see in the hole and you can see how it should go in and that made it ez. If i remember right its a 17mm you will need. and it is plastic and i was thinking that it would brake ez but as soon as it got tight my wrench started slipping before the threads stripped. so that worked out.

A test drive around the block and every thing work normal!!!!!


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took about 45mins

the new cable came from a junk yard i paid about 3 bucks for it.

The car tacks back up to 6k instead of stopping at 4k on limp mode

No more check engine
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Thank you so much!!!!

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo241/Googlefishchris/93962.jpg

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:01 PM   #9
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I have a 93 Impreza with a non-working cable speedo but I'm a bit confused. Mine will tach passed 4500, but won't shift out of first on its own before 4500 but shifts fine if I do it myself. O.o (it's an auto with manual override) CE light is on too but mine's OBD1 so a bit harder to read but I'm sure it'll be the speedo code. It's at a shop right now for a totally different "tranny" issue but, they are factoring in the odd shifting as part of there decision to say I need a whole new tranny which I've always thought was due to my speedo not working. lol.

So I'm thinking I should get the cable and the tranny end piece for it and go down there and fix it and see what happens.

Any info/tips? thanks.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:11 PM   #10
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same thing.
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:44 PM   #11
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Think I could unplug the speedo side by taking off the panel under the stearing wheel and reaching up behind the cluster? I've done that to see if the cable was plugged in, but wasn't sure if I could disconnect it there or if I'd have to go the other way.
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:36 PM   #12
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so did you ever fix it???
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:30 AM   #13
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I had this problem and I replaced the cable adapter (tranny side), not the cable. the cable looked ok and the speedo jumped when i rotated the end of the cable. It didn't fix the problem so I gave up and figured there was a problem internally in the transmission. I didn't do a visual inspection to see if the female piece inside the transmission rotated or not.

Is this the part inside the transmission or is this the old broken speedo cable? I want to know if I overlooked something.

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Old 09-19-2010, 02:11 AM   #14
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that is the gear box side of it but its broke. this should not have pulled from the cable if it was not broke. its just one cable going from the back to your gauge, to your gear box, you can not mix them up.

now i have been told that there is a plastic gear that can go out in the gear box that spins the cable. if thats the case you need to find out if its cheaper to have some for fix that, or if its cheaper to just go find a new gear box. (by new i mean one with less then 100k on it),

Dont give, get it fix!
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:27 AM   #15
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So my 96 2.2 impreza outback automatic is throwing a VSS code. I pulled the speedo cable and spun it with a drill. The cable and cluster are okay. So this leads me to the female piece of the transaxle. Looking down on it while the car was driving, and nothing is spinning. I need to get this taken care of for emissions. I am having a hard time finding any sort of diagram for the internal speedo gear. Can anyone point me in the right direction. I also saw a post in a forum saying that your can get to the gear with out pulling the transmission.

http://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/...cement-in-car/

Does any one know if this is possible.

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #16
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Hang on a second. When my speedo stops and I get the CEL on my OBD 1 Legacy I get idle issues too. There must be a relationship between the two.
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So i have been looking around the forums as a way to replace the speedometer drive gears with out dropping the transmission. It seems that you can go in through where the axle stub is. The post that i saw was for a 94 legacy, i am working on a 96 impreza outback. Both are running on a cable system,(legacy went to a electric system by 96),the transaxel should be the same if not really similar. The hardest part this way seems to be the bearing pretensioner. just planning on paying CLOSE attention to how many rotations it take to remove the plate. Then just return to the original position. Does any one have anything to throw in before I try this.
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