I log date, mileage, and gallons when I gas up so as to
monitor gas-mileage. Did so yesterday and
noticed that the mileage was the same as the last gas-fill.
Reset the tripmeter and put 25 mi. on the beasty. No change in
odometer or tripmeter readings.
But the speedo appears to work fine.
Anybody wrestled such an alligator or just have knowledge of
how speedo/odometer/tripmeter function on '94 'Boid (LX V8,
65k mi.)? The '94 is the one with the nice set of analog gauges.
Pretty common Puddin. The speedo is electrical and the circuit that drives the
odo\trip meter is dead. You can replace the speedometer head in the cluster
swap the whole instrument cluster. Finding a used speedo with around 65K is
tricky, I think. See if the speedo head is still available from Ford.
That happened on my CV a few months ago. I pulled cluster
and proceeded to disassemble odometer and found one of the
teeth had stripp from the drive gear on the stepper motor.
I suppose you could replace it by robbing one from another
head but, I chose to simply stuff a used cluster in it that
I found on Ebay for $25. At the age and mile, I will simply
indicate the mileage on the title to be unknown when I sell
or trade it. It won't make a hill of beans difference in
the value of the beast.
It's easy enough to keep notes on the indicated mileage of the old
and new odometers, and the date of the odometer change. I wouldn't
try going the "Unknown" route, for no other reason than CYA.
Some states have a form that needs to be filled out and kept
attached to the vehicle title slip, and given to the next buyer of the
car that lists the corrected mileage on the vehicle.
Or you put a note about it in the hand-written Bill Of Sale when you
sell the car - "Odometer indicates 80,000 miles but the actual mileage
is 93,000 miles, odometer broke on (date), car was driven
approximately 1,000 miles, and the odometer was swapped at an
indicated 75,000 miles on (date) with a used unit indicating 63,000
Otherwise they could accuse you of falsifying the mileage or rolling
back the odometer - either of which could be big trouble.
--<< Bruce >>--
On Sun, 06 Aug 2006 01:52:12 GMT, Bruce L. Bergman
You can do that but, in GA, it is part of the title. Unless
you are willing to stand by whatever a previous owner
stated, you are just as well off to declare it as unknown
and be done with it. That way, noone can make any pesky
allegations. Before the odometers read over 100k, it was
changed to unknown by the state anyway if you stated over
100k miles. Unless it is a Mercedes or something like that
it just doesn't make any significant difference to the value
of an older vehicle unless it is a real creampuff. Those
are very rare outside the owners mind.
And if you plan on changing the odo now, and selling the car someday,
try taking a picture of the old and new odometers together (in the same pic)
before the old one is removed. Keep the old odo (or full cluster) in a box
with the notes and the picture, and give it all to the buyer.
Much thanks to Lugnut for helpful info. Also to Bruce and
A couple of fast Q's for Lugnut if he's still tuned:
Did the Ebay $25 include shippg/handling?
On a scale of 0-10, how difficult to extract/replace the cluster?
Looking at my bill, it looks like shipping USP from CA to GA
was $14. The cluster they sent was out of a low mileage
unit apparently with only 12K miles showing. It is quite
obvious that my CV has surpassed that severtal times and the
title to me indicated mileage could not be verified. I buy
used cars more on age and condition than mileage because I
am only interested in the transportation value to me unless
it is a special interest type vehicle. It is not a
complicated job to change with basic tools. You just need
a little care. It is easier to get the plastic trim locks
to release if you can do it on a warm day.
I sometimes pretty much discount shipping charges. From
where I live, it cost $10 to make a round trip to where they
sell gas. I have to consider that for anything I want and
if shipping charges are less, then it is less than getting
it myself sometimes.
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