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Old 10-10-2003, 12:52 AM   #1
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2002 Outback Wagon

Default Broken Tachometer in '02 OBW

My boyfriend just bought a 2002 Outback Wagon that was a former lease unit. The tachometer has proven to be the only faulty item on the car, other than a missing spring-loaded 'thing' between the cupholders in the centre console.

The dealership has replaced the tachometer once, and the new one did the same thing. The symptoms are that the when the car is started, the tachometer immediately jumps to just a hair over 2k RPM. The only times it changes from that position is when the engine is turned off, or when the you burry the accelerator pedal into the carpet. Once the engine hits lift-off speeds, the tachometer drops to 0. Let off the pedal and it jumps to just over 2k RPM again.

Since I am not familiar with how the cluster of a Subaru is designed, I haven't been able to come up with ideas of where to look for problems. Dealer says, "Hmm, must be shorted out. Bring it back and we'll track down the short before we put another tach in."

Is a Subaru tachometer plugged directly into a circuit board, which is the way my Chrysler is designed, or does it have a plug-in lead that goes elsewhere? Is it computer controlled, or is it really reading from the engine? I figured that if it were computer controlled, it could only be a short or a bad computer, because the car runs perfectly.

Sorry for the looong post. Just wanted to be concise.
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