1994 Ford Mustang SPEEDOMETER NEEDLE STUCK BEHIND STOP PIN?

Tiny
WOTNXT
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  • 1994 FORD MUSTANG
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 204,576 MILES
Some weeks ago on returning from a trip at turnpike speeds the speedometer needle stuck at 65 mph and a day later corrected itself. Now after a long trip (over 100 miles)again at turnpike speeds; the needle has jumped the stop pin on the speedometer and will only move a half inch to it hits the pin. At rest it is behind the pin. Every thing I have read on the subject is not definitive and for the most part is contradictory!

I know most of the answers via the various sites are downright foolish!

Does anyone know a practical solution?
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Sunday, July 4th, 2010 AT 10:38 AM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi wotnxt,

Thank you for the donation.

Electronic speedometers receives signals from the sepped sensors and when the signals are not as expected, it would cause the speedometer to malfunction.

That could be the reason it was stuck at 65 mph while moving. When the needle overshoots, it would not be able to return to its original resting position.

Possible causes for overshooting are either or both:

1. Current spike to the speedometer circuit. This coud mean a faulty speed sensor or its circuitry.

2. Faulty speedometer.

Here are diagnostic procedures for the speedometer. Before diagnostics, remove the meter and manually turn the needle anticlockwise to return the needle to its original resting position. If the needle cannot be returned to its position, it is faulty.

ELECTRONIC SPEEDOMETER

1. Raise and support vehicle. Unplug connector from vehicle speed sensor, located at transmission. Connect AC voltmeter between speed sensor terminals.

2. Start engine. Observe voltmeter. With drive wheels rotating, voltage should be 1.3-1.6 volts. If voltage is not as specified, go to next step. If voltage is as specified, go to step 4).

3. Remove speed sensor from transmission. Verify presence of drive gear and clip. Inspect teeth for condition. Repair as necessary.

4. Turn ignition off. Remove instrument cluster. Inspect wires between speed sensor and instrument cluster for opens of shorts. Repair as necessary.

5. Inspect printed circuit and speedometer contact for opens or shorts between connector and speedometer. Repair or replace as necessary. If vehicle speed sensor and associated circuitry are okay, but speedometer does not operate properly, replace speedometer.
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Sunday, July 4th, 2010 AT 1:31 PM
Tiny
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Wotnxt, did KHLow's reply help you?

If not, can you open the speedometer and see if the speedo needle is seated on the spindle correctly?
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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 AT 1:14 AM

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