OK - I know - you buy a used car, you buy someone else's problems. That being said. I bought a 98 windstar with a non-functioning speedo. Thought to myself that it can either be (1) bass VSS, (2) bad speedo, or (3) bad speedo cable. So, I checked the VSS visually and looks good, checked with tester, reads good. Plugged in the actron and ran the current data and vehicle speed is being passed properly to the OBD. Must be the speedo. So, I take off the speedo and replace, still no go. Notice that not only is there not a speedometer cable in this van, there doesn't even seem to be any reasonable place for one to be. I know in 98 some Windstars had digital clusters and some had analog. Currently, this thing has analog, but the previous owner did some funky stuff in the past and replacing a digital with an analog seems right up their alley.
My question is either this: Should I just buy a speedo cable and run it to the cluster?
Is there any way Ford can tell me off of the VIN if this thing did have a digital cluster to begin with
Are the plugs the same in the back for the digital vs. Analog? If so, can I just get a digital one, plug it in, and ignore the speedometer cable altogether?
98 Windstar, 94683 miles. Speedo/Odometer not working, speed is being sent properly to the computer, though.
Monday, June 5th, 2017 AT 5:04 PM