The odometer is located on the instrument panel and is linked to the speedometer. It tells drivers how many miles they have driven and if they have driven the right distance it can tell them how many miles they have covered.
It has been proven that by disconnection from a vehicle odometer by individuals and auto dealers that it can cause a criminal offense if a person attempts to alter that. Odometers allow customers to know how much gas their vehicle has lasted by displaying how much mileage it has. It can be either electrical, mechanical, or a combination of both.
It may happen to you when the odometer on the back of a Chevrolet does not read the miles correctly. You may be able to fix the problem yourself, or you may have to bring the vehicle to the dealership for repairs.
Odometer and Speedometer Are Not Working
If either of these indicators does display the correct speed or the odometer does read the correct number, the problem may lie with the speed sensor in the vehicle. First, make sure that your fuse has not exploded. If it has, you will need to replace it. This will help you solve the problem. If it is not working, you may need to repair or change the speed sensor.
If it is necessary to change the speed sensor, you will need to attach jack stands to your vehicle. You may need access to the floor of the vehicle, so be careful when doing this. The speed sensor is mounted on the back of the transmission. It usually goes on the bottom of the transmission, but it could go anywhere on the transmission housing. This is essentially a very tiny plug that connects to an electrical end.
Take the plug out by turning the tabs in the outlet to release it. Take out the sensor by turning it clockwise and using a wrench. Put in the sensor that you bought earlier and plug it in. This will fix any problems that you are experiencing with the odometer and the speedometer.
Odometer Is Not Working
If just the odometer does not work, the dash cluster is probably the culprit. Then you need that to be replaced. Here are the steps to properly install the new dash cluster. Start parking the vehicle on a clean surface and put the parking brake on.
Make sure that the ignition is in the “on” position. If your car has a steering wheel that can be tilted, slide the steering wheel towards the floor. Shifting the car to the last position on the gear lever will cause the clutch to go to the next position down.
Typical instrument panel bezels are secured by bolts, screws or clips that hold the panel in place. If it is a simple matter to unclip a few clips, it is easy to pull off the bezel, but if it is a complicated job to unclip screws or bolts, you may have to use special tools to demount the bezel.
Unbolting the instrument cluster, then unplugging it. Install a new gauge unit and plug it back in. Once you have done that, make sure the back of the cluster is secure. Install a new bezel. Shifting your car to ‘Park’, then you can turn your car off.
Those steps should fix your odometer. However, if the odometer is still not working, it may be necessary to call the service department of the local dealer. Some vehicles are equipped with a specific ECM system; this problem may require the help of a technician at the dealer.
Max AnthonyMax is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.
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