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Unread 05-06-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Question My mileage counter just stopped working??

What could this be? One day it just stopped at 99k miles and its been like that for about a year now. The numbers wont move at all there all stuck on zero? How do you fix this?:punchballs:
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Unread 05-06-2007   #2 (permalink)
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It is a very common problem for your mileage and your model, if that is your car in the pic. The plastic gears that run the odometer broke. Several things can be done about it.
1. Find the gears for sale somewhere, like on ebay, and fix it yourself
2. buy a new or used instrument cluster and replace the entire unit
3. remove your instrument cluster and send it out to get fixed.

I actually had the same problem last summer. Mine broke around 120K miles. I went to Autozone and paid for a used intrument cluster, ab out $120.00 to include shipping. It came with a 1yr unlimited mileage warranty and was shipped to my house. I put it in a few days later and have not had any problems since.

You could possibly find one cheaper than I did by going to a salvage yard, but then again, you run the risk of buying a broken one.

Here is a site that repairs your cluster after you send it to them;Mr. Whizard Technical Services - Electronic Instrument Cluster and Digital Dash Repair
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I guess thats why they changed to an electronic counter...
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Amazingly, my '96 with 141451 miles on it same thing happened just yesterday! Anyone know of a place to buy the gears to rebuild these clusters? I'm on a tight budget right now and would rather repair it myself if possible.

If you replace the cluster, is there a way to reset the mileage to show actual miles?

I guess the upside to this is, the "documented mileage" is not increasing!
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The only place I have seen that sells the gears is ebay, but it's still cheaper to buy a used one with a warranty.

If I remember correctly, you'll need to take it to a dealer and pay $$$ to get the mileage "certified".
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Yea Thomas is right it happened to my 94... I Would check ebay.... you maybe able to find a used one for alot cheaper
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$45 shipped on ebay.

What you get: two little pieces of material that cost cents to make!
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i would replace the whole thing... 45 for the little pieces...
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and with no warranty......I'd spend the $120 @ autozone to get a 1yr warranty
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yea if you have the 120.... some people mybe short on cash...but the warranty would be nice...
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