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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Wonky speedometer and odometer

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#1 Guest_Grant_*

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Posted 13 August 2002 - 11:27 AM

I have a '99 Outback. The speedometer and odometer intermittently cut out. When the do cut out, sometimes they come back on while driving, sometimes they don't. They both cut on and off at the same time. Does anyone know what could be causing this and how to fix it? Any help is appreciated.

#2 Guest_PaganQWA_*

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Posted 13 August 2002 - 12:19 PM

Cable connection or Vehicle Speed Sensor are my 2 guesses. Could be loose at the tranny.

#3 Guest_turbohounds_*

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Posted 13 August 2002 - 12:50 PM

We just purchased a '99 Outback that developed this problem the day we bought it. The dealership replaced the vehicle speed sensor and the speedometer head to fix the problem. I spoke with my brother in law who authorizes auto insurance claims and he sees an equal mix of the two in Subies.

Can you set the cruise while the speedometer isn't working? If you can, then the problem is in the speedometer head itself. If not, then it's likely the speed sensor on the transmission. You can try pulling the connector off the speed sensor, cleaning the connection and add a little dielectric grease and see if it helps. I tried this on ours, but the connector is pretty solid and didn't show any corrosion.

#4 Guest_martinrm_*

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Posted 29 September 2002 - 04:28 PM

I have same problem on our '99 Outback. How much was the speedometer head. Cruise Control works even with a dead speedometer.

#5 Guest_TinyClark_*

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Posted 30 September 2002 - 12:41 AM

I had a similar problem prior to an alternator going bad, but I took the cluster out, tightened all the screws on the circuit board, and reattached all the connectors... no problem since.

I really don't think the alternator was the cause, but can't say for certain.

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