95 Escort needs new speedometer. Local service place says Ford doesn't make
a replacement anymore and says it's illegal to put a junkyard one in because
it would be odometer tampering. If the replacement is set to the same
mileage as the broken one, how is that tampering? Does this man simply not
want the job? Fortunately it has a tach so I can estimate speed.
Heck, it's already exceeded the mechanical limits twice. The present
speedometer assembly is from a 93 Escort that was in a junkyard and the
previous service place didn't have a problem with replacing it.
Additionally, I think the Ford dealer I bought the car from set the odometer
back. They told me it was a one owner car and after buying it I had lots of
problems, ran it through Carfax and learned it had been a rental car in
another State. No one knows the real mileage. The problem now is how to
convince a service place to replace it with one from a junkyard.
Ask the Salvage Yard guys if they know someone that can install it for
They usually have a line on "Yard Bird" techs that work at home. They
even be able to lead you to an independent tech that will install it
you should have thought of that already.
Well, the local mechanic is worried about liability. It's understandable in
and age. A used replacement is NOT illegal as long as it's documented. If it
mine, I'd check the local junkyards for one with similar mileage. I wouldn't
about one with 10K in either direction. 15K or more may be pushing it, in my
If more than 10-12K just make sure you disclose it if you ever sell the car.
How do you know its the speedo ??
Escorts have a lot of problems with the ground battery cable thats corroded
It holds , among other things, the grounds for the PCM .
Inspect the battery ground , don't just look at it but take it apart and
clean it, also clean the connectors that is attached to the ground clamp
if needed , cut the connector block off and connect the wires directly to
the clamp with new connectors
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