Odometer not working but speedometer is working

Tiny
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  • 1995 FORD MUSTANG
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 1,480,000 MILES
Have a 1995 Ford Mustang. The original 6 cylinder 3.8L engine was replaced with a rebuilt engine of the same type. Afterwards the speedometer and tachometer worked fine, but the odometer stopped revolving and the trip meter was at 0. I went to my Ford dealer to check if it was connected, (the odometer, and trip meter). I was told likely the Electronic Vehicle Speed Sensor needs to be replaced. He's guesstimating a cost of at least $600.00. Thing is, the speedometer and tachometer work fine and have been without incident. Further research online has indicated its a gear with a worm screw that is inserted between the two meters behind the instrument panel cluster. Before I pay a dealer $129.00 to look at the speed sensor could you please advise? I went to "Ask a ford mechanic, " and he told me a speedohead or speedometer is bad. Please advise as to what my correct option is? Thank you.
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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 AT 10:15 PM

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Tiny
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The odometer has a small motor in it that fails often. The problem is finding one. Ford does not make it anymore. We find them on e bay and use them.
If the speed sensor was bad, your speedometer would not work.I am assuming from your post that the speedometer is working.

Roy
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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 AT 10:19 PM
Tiny
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Yes Roy that is correct. Are you in the NYC area or could you recommmend some one who can do this for me without the astronimical cost.
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Brian
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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 AT 10:28 PM
Tiny
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Sorry, I am in PA. Any shop can do this as it is a simple repair. It takes me about an hour from start to finish.
The last one I did last week ran the guy about $280.00 with the part from e bay, shipping and labor. It took 3 days to get the part. That was the only bad part.

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 AT 10:40 PM
Tiny
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I have a 1995 Mustang GT 5.0 I rebuilt my speedometer with new gears but the mph is still way off when I use my GPS mph app. Can anyone tell me what is wrong?
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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Good morning,

Is the transmission the same?

Has any modifications been done on the car such as bigger tires or different differential gears?

All those play a key factor in the reading. A speedometer shop and make the necessary adjustments to get it correct.

Roy
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 5:20 AM
Tiny
GARYCASSIUS2015
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No, all stock nothing done to it.
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 7:28 AM
Tiny
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Okay, is the vehicle speed sensor on the end of the transmission electronic or is it gear driven?

Do you have a scan tool that can read live data to see what speed is being sent to the ECM?

Roy
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 7:34 AM
Tiny
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It's gear driven and all of that is in good condition.
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 8:07 AM
Tiny
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Okay, back to the scan tool to monitor what is being sent from the sensor?

Can you get a scan tool to monitor this reading?

Roy
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 8:08 AM
Tiny
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Yes, I have a snap on scanner. I Know how to use it a little bit but haven't got use to doing all the functions on it.
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 8:18 AM
Tiny
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Okay, when you get it hooked up and running, go to live data and see what vehicle speed it is showing and compare it to the cluster reading.

Roy
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 AT 8:20 AM
Tiny
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1995 Mustang GT speedometer way off when I have my GPS app on it says I'm going 70 but on the gauge cluster it's pegged all the way to the stop pin. It's been like this since I got the car. So I tore the cluster apart and the worm gear and the odometer gears where busted up so I replaced them and still have the same problem. Well I figure out today my car was factory automatic and somewhere down the road it got 5 speed swapped to tremac t-5. I do not know if the gear ratio is stock if so it is 2.73 ratio. An I don't think they changed the computer from the automatic computer to manual computer because it sometimes backfires like I have read up on on here. Please help.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 AT 9:38 PM
Tiny
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Could the automatic computer be causing all of my problems? Because I did read the codes I did all 3 test key on, car running, and then the cylinder test. All cylinders are running good. I got a side code first and second shift problems something like that.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 AT 9:44 PM
Tiny
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The ECM will not cause this. The gear in the transmission is what is doing this. There is a gear that has a number of teeth for the engagement of the speed sensor to send a signal to the ECM.

When the number of teeth is different than original, this is what happens.

The answer is to take it to a speedometer shop that will put an adapter on the transmission that will change the speed of the speed sensor to match the speed of the car.

Roy
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 AT 4:00 AM

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