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Old 08-08-2001, 11:59 AM   #1
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Since the past weekend, my speedometer has been freaking out.
Under 20 mph, the needle bounces around from 0 to around 30 mph. It does it when accelerating to 20 or decelerating from above 20. When above 20 mph, the speedo appears to operate normally.

Has anyone had/heard about a problem like this. If so, is there a solution?

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Old 08-08-2001, 12:28 PM   #2
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Lube up that spedometer cable.

Good luck,
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Old 08-08-2001, 02:16 PM   #3
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Well mine has been doing that for about a year now......i don't think there's a cable to lube our speedo is ran electronicly, somehow? I haven't gottin it taken care of, out of lazyness but i've talked to other people when it first happend and they said the dealer is the only one for the fix....?
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Old 08-08-2001, 02:27 PM   #4
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Yeah, I believe the speedometer works by measuring the ammount of resistance on a wire. Bad speed sensor, maybe? Yeah, you'll probably have to take it to a dealer, or at least a certified Subaru mechanic.

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Old 08-08-2001, 04:31 PM   #5
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I believe the speedo works on a vehicle speed sensor (a tone wheel, or hall effect sensor). You probably have a bad sensor or maybe the tone wheel is funked up with magnetic material...

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Old 08-08-2001, 05:53 PM   #6
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I assume you are talking about your 1995 Legacy LS which is in your profile, so I suggested the cable because I believe 1995 was the last year of the cable. I have a 95 Impreza with the same problem before I had it lubed at the dealer. I think the speed sensor thingie was introduced in 96. Just trying to help out

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Old 08-09-2001, 12:44 PM   #7
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I was hoping it would be something as simple as lubing the cable, but the shop manual says it's electronic. I guess I have to look for a "speed sensor #2", and see if that helps.

thanks all,

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