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#1 percypond

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 08:24 PM

Hello i have just bought my first car a 1.3 ford fiesta finesse 2000.

Its done aprox 47,000 miles.

Everything seems fine with the car (except one thing) and on the test drive everything was ok. However on the way home from picking it up i've noticed there is a fault with the speedo. Sometimes it sits at zero and othertimes it jumps into action.

Because im a new driver who lives right down a road with about 11 speed camera(traps) i need to sort it pretty quick so i dont get any points!!!

When it does work it seems to be accurate its just it doesnt work all the time and sits at zero.

Anyone know what could be wrong, if its a big job and how much i'm gunna be looking at spending?

Thanks for anyone that helps me out.

Louise

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#2 mintalkin

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:27 PM

sounds like it could be the sender or a wireing fault

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:16 PM

sounds like it could be the sender or a wireing fault


whats the sender? sorry blonde question probably i know, and what type of wiring fault i'm at least trying to have some knowledge of whats wrong before it goes to a garage so im not ripped off.

thanks for the help again :-)

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:34 AM

Could be a loose connection causing it to sometimes work and sometimes not to.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:05 AM

the sender will be around the gearbox area, dodgy wireing could be a bad earth or a slight break in the cable someware causing an intermittant connection

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:09 AM

Since i last wrote ive had a major issue where it had to be towed thanks to a core plug failing and a major water leak.

Luckily that side is fixed now and i've been back on the road since today.

However the speedo is now completey dead. It wont even work if i hit it (it did before) and also now its stopped counting the mileage.

I read somewhere that the speedos on fiestas from 2000 onwards are linked with the gearbox. When my core plug was replaced to get to the one that had gone the gearbox had to be taken out. Its since then its been gone altogether.

Any more ideas?

Thanks for the help again ;)

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:32 AM

did you check the speed sensor?

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 08:25 AM

Definately sounds like a connection failure as when you used to hit it it would work.

Take it to the garage and tell them that the speedo has stopped working since they did the work and see what they say. If it is connected to the gearbox then hopefully they will fix it for you....... just dont tell them it was dodgy before!

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:32 PM

thats unfare on the garage

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:39 PM

Well he can tell them that it was dodgy before but has stopped since they did the work, either way hopefully they'll come up with a solution that doesnt involve cost or very little!

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