95 ford contour gl speedometer not working
Posted September 29, 2009 - 12:09 PM
Posted September 30, 2009 - 05:03 AM
That was my Windstar. Our Focus did it too.
It's a Ford, it's appropriately priced at $150 (it runs, it drives it's worth $150, probably more). If FL doesn't care your speedo/odo is intermittent, drive it till the wheels fall off.
To my knowledge, FL has no inspection requirements, so just make sure the tires and brakes are decent, add gas, drive.
I had a hell of a time chasing down various electrical issues on our Ford, most were never found. I cried the day it was towed out of my driveway.
I'm still not sure if I was crying over all the money I lost or if I was just so damn happy to see that POS leave for the final time.
The only thing worth checking on the speedo issue is if the plug is connected properly, if it is, don't worry about it.
Posted September 30, 2009 - 02:31 PM
Posted September 30, 2009 - 03:42 PM
Posted October 01, 2009 - 03:11 AM
Stay in the right lane on the freeway and learn to pace the car in front of you on surface streets. I've done about 600 miles on the motorcycle this way and around 2,000 miles in the car. The motorcycle's cable snapped and the car... I replaced the shifter cables and bumped the speedo sender's connection loose, it took a few weeks before it vibrated out. But what took me so long to fix it was I couldn't find it to plug it back in again.
no the speedometer just started goin from really low to really high then to zero it has no tachometer but it is stick i kno weird but the thing is its my first car and i hav a heavy foot even in a car that has a speedomoter (my moms 2004 mazda tribute) so i just dnt want to get a ticket or anything
You can try cleaning the connections as advised earlier if you're really concerned, but my feeling after having two Fords that both had wacky instrument cluster issues, electrical issues and one random self-destructing engine is that they are not worth fixing, 20,000 miles or 220,000 miles. Just drive it, if it won't go one day, get out, leave the keys inside and put a sign on the side that says "free call 305-555-1212"
For $150, if you get a speeding tax or two, you're still getting a deal for a set of running wheels.
Posted October 01, 2009 - 01:55 PM
Posted October 01, 2009 - 05:09 PM
Posted October 02, 2009 - 03:45 AM
It's a manual! Awesome. This car just moved up from an "F" (Ford) to a "D-" (Dodge). I kid, I kid!.
yea true but what the current owner does is use what gear he is in as to how fast hes going like first gear hes not going more than 14 second gear 25 third gear 40 fourth gear 55 and fifth 70 (when the car starts shaking lol)
The shake is probably from bad tires or bent rims.
The gear vs. speed is a good way to know, but then again, my car will do 58 mph in second or 30 in fourth. I had one that would run all the way to 78 mph in second. I didn't mention it since the 70s manual transmissions aren't really "standard" any more.
The GPS solution sounds good too, I don't have one and most of the time when I could use one, it doesn't help me. Like last month when I drove to NYC in a straight truck. No GPS is reliable enough, so I still had to use an atlas.
Posted October 02, 2009 - 12:16 PM