Mechanics

SPEEDOMETER PROBLEM

1987 Pontiac Sunbird

1987 pontiac sunbird SE, 236,000km, manual transmission.
When I first start my car the speedometer does not work properly until about 5mins into driving. It will either sit a 0 or bounce around, will hover over the correct speen for a few moments then go back to the randomness. After the approx. 5 mins the speedometer works perfectly fine until the the next time the car turns on, and it does the same thing.
I just wanted to know what was wrong, and how to fix it. Thanks.
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Jameskramer
July 14, 2007.



I have just recently noticed that the mileage gage does not climb when the speedometer is not moving when I am driving, and when the car is not moving, but the speedometer is jumping around the mileage will count up as if i'm driving.
Any input is greatly appreciated!

Tiny
Jameskramer
Aug 2, 2007.
Hello there. Our car does the same thing. About ten minutes for us. We just set the miles counter to 0 every time we put gas in and track the miles. We have had mechanics look at it and to no avail can they see why and how to fix it.

Tiny
Suzanne73
Oct 30, 2007.
If your others gauges aren't working it's probably your instrument cluster. I had the same happen to my car(91 sunbird), and replacing the cluster fixed the problem. I have a friend who's a mechanic and he has seen it three other times on these cars.

The only problem is that the only way you can fix it yourself is going to a scrap yard and getting one, because if you take it to the shop, they'll have to send it to the dealer(The cluster is sealed). The dealer won't accept it from people(like you and me, they are afraid of people messing with the mileage), only repair shops, and they will charge you an arm and a leg( I was quoted at $400). Now, I bought mine from the salvage yard for $25, easy choice for me.

Tiny
Dannycourageous
Aug 23, 2009.