I have a 1990 Grand Marquis GS 5.0. The odometer just stopped working.
The speedometer and the trip counter both still work fine, only the
odometer stopped. If I am calling it the wrong name, it is the total
I have received different answers from mechanics on this, the majority
saying the entire dashboard display has to be replaced.
Is this so? Does this mean that even fuel and temp. gauges also? Or
can the odometer itself be repaired/replaced?
I am ready to go on a search for what I will need but I don't exactly
know what I should be looking for, ie: part name/description.
Any help on this is greatly appreciated and than you for any replies!
Your terms are correct
What you are looking for is the instrument or gauge cluster. And this is not
a typical type failure so the best place to get one is a salvage yard.
Just replace the whole cluster
If they can be individually replaced, you COULD do it that way, but there's
nothing to be gained because the thing is very difficult to set to a given
number. It's designed that way for consumer protection.
I'm not sure about other states but I would assume that this only affects the
title notations..."milage not accurate" and at this age, it wont matter
anyway. just make a notation somewhere on the dash of the correct car's
mileage at time of repair.
On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 14:50:37 GMT, Backyard Mechanic
I found a salvage yard that can get it for me. He doesn't have it
himself but his computer listing shows a few places that do. He is
asking $100 and he can have it the next day.
The price sounds good to me. From your experience, is that a decent
I forgot to ask if this was mech or electronic display..
If it's a mech system, shop around. See if there's a u-pull-it yard in your
That's sorta high considering it takes them about 10 minutes to pull it and
95 % of those parts are crushed with the car.
But that's what happens when you get junkyards acting like businesses.
On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 18:34:32 GMT, Backyard Mechanic
It's mechanical. I agree with you on what the price should be.
What I am acutally thinking is to just leave it the way it is. I am
never going to sell this car. I have invested in it to keep it running
good and since the speedometer works and I have been keeping track of
my mileage like for oil changes, by using the trip counter, 3 times
around, 3000 miles, oil change, lol.
If I can get it as you suggest, a pull-it-yourself yard, that's when I
will get it. Otherwise I can live with it the way it is.
Thanks again for all the info!
On Sat, 25 Sep 2004 00:51:25 GMT, "berkshire bill"
Defining his reply might be this.
I was in Old Bridge NJ yesterday and there was a pull your own parts
yard. Grabbed my tools, found a '90 Grand Marquis, removed the
instrument cluster, 15 minutes work = part cost $15.00 instead of
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