The most likely reason a speedometer stops working is a broken gear. Finding the problem involves removing the speedometer assembly from the vehicle and locating the problem piece. Replacements are available at dealerships, auto parts stores and online.Know More
If the problem exists on a 2003 to 2007 GM vehicle, a faulty stepper motor is the likely cause of failure. GM's entire production line from these years uses the XC5.168 motor. There is a potential for the manufacturer to make repairs at no cost to the owner. While GM does not admit a problem with speedometers, a class action suit from 2007 requires the company to pay for repairs on certain models. The case alleges symptoms that include incorrect speedometer displays, nonworking speedometers and failure of the entire instrument panel.
Speedometer problems lead to dangerous driving issues. Drivers who are unaware of their driving speed often exceed the speed limits, a common cause of accidents. The lack of a proper functioning speedometer increases the likelihood of a speeding citation.
Issues with speedometers and their associated odometers affect new vehicle warranties. A 2007 lawsuit against Honda indicated the company's odometers read up to 3.75 percent fast. The settlement in the suit includes an extension of the manufacturer's drive-train warranty for owners of these vehicles.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
Bigger tires will cause your speedometer to register a speed that is slower than your actual speed. For example, if your speedometer says 35 miles per hour on 20-inch diameter tires, changing to 23-inch diameter tires will make your true speed 40.25 mph, even though your speedometer will still show 35 mph.Full Answer >
When problems occur with the speed sensor, the vehicle does not send the right signal to the speedometer, regulate fuel properly, operate cruise control or regulate ignition timing correctly. Problems with the speed sensor are the result of wear and tear and have a direct effect on the performance of multiple systems in the vehicle. The most common symptom of a malfunctioning speed sensor is a malfunctioning speedometer.Full Answer >
A car speedometer measures speed: how fast the car is moving. Speedometers measure speed in miles per hour or kilometers per hour. Some gauges display both readings.Full Answer >
There are several common causes for a speedometer to stop working. Typically, these malfunctions are caused by an issue with a car's wiring, a broken gear in the speedometer system, a speed sensor issue or a faulty engine control unit (ECU).Full Answer >