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Old 08-04-2003, 07:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy my trip reads 10.3 miles for every 10 miles traveled!

My tires are stock 15", it's a '97 Impreza L Sedan, what are some possible problems? I doubt tire pressure would cause this much of a problem but I'll be checking that tonight!
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Old 08-04-2003, 07:16 PM   #2
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mine does the same thing, 104 mi. for every 100 mi. Sure adds up but the dealership put me off til it was out of warrenty and now I don't have any kind of recourse. Oh well, guess I won't be selling it any time soon. Anyone know how to fix this? Or disconnect the ODO entirely?
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Old 08-04-2003, 08:58 PM   #3
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how could this physically happen and not be a problem with the odo itself?

Also how do you know it is reading off if you still have the stock sized tires on there?
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Old 08-04-2003, 09:26 PM   #4
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I would assume he is using mile markers

I think that tires of the same designated size would have enough variation in circumference, especially with wear, to cause this problem. If you really want accuracy, you have to tweak the vehicle speed sensor's signal with an aftermarket unit.
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Old 08-05-2003, 02:42 AM   #5
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FYI you are allowed a 10% inaccuracy in the odo/speedo, my reccomendation, get used to it, running on bald tires will make your ODO read higher in the long run.

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Old 08-05-2003, 10:17 AM   #6
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get a guage cluster out of a junker w/less mileage.........i mean

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Old 08-05-2003, 11:03 AM   #7
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Just your trip, or does the odo read wrong too?
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Old 08-05-2003, 11:12 AM   #8
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3% off isn't very unusual. My Jetta (probably all Jettas) is 5-6% off, my Toyota was about 4% off.

Smaller tires read more miles/faster speed than you are really going, larger tires read less (because you cover the same distance with less turns of the wheel). You could use a tire size calculator to figure out a size of tire that's larger and would read 3% fewer miles.

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