Speedometer

Tiny
DANKKIMBROUGH
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  • 2000 NISSAN MAXIMA
2 days ago and today the speedometer isn't working, the gas gauge is working and the mileage is still keeping count. Could this be sensor? What should I check for?
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Monday, March 1st, 2010 AT 7:37 PM

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Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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If the mileage is still working the speedo has gone bad and needs replacement. Here is a video that show the job that needs to be done on a similar car.

https://youtu.be/_HEC44xENxw

Please run down this guide and report back.
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Monday, March 1st, 2010 AT 7:40 PM
Tiny
DOLLFACE224
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Thanks for this spot I had this problem and had to replace the instrument cluster cost me $130.00
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM
Tiny
APRECIADO1
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  • 2001 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 145,000 MILES
Could you please tell me where are the speed sensor and speedometer cable are located in my car?
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Do you have a DTC P0500?

Vehicle Speed Sensor (A/T) At top right rear of transaxle sorry no pic available-its electronic no cable
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PETERBUILT1
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  • 1991 NISSAN MAXIMA
Speedometer not working I pulled the dash out and there was no speedometer cable, there was no place for a speedometer cable to fit in behind the dash "very puzzling" can you help. Much appreciated. :
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Go find the vehicle speed sensor at the tranny remove it, place connector back On-turn key to On position, spin the sensor while someone looks at the speedometer, it should be fluctuating.
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
EYEIOFRA1981
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  • 1990 NISSAN MAXIMA
I bought my maxima a few months ago. 1990, automatic, with about 140,500 miles. I bought it knowing it needed some work on the speedometer, gaskets, and CV boots. My boyfriend replaced the intake manifold and head gaskets, and in doing so needed to remove the distributor. He couldn't get the timing back right, so I took it to a mechanic. He got it running, but it ran very rich. He had replaced the gaskets again, and put in a new mass airflow sensor and new spark plugs. When I went to pick it up, it felt like it wasn't getting enough gas and was trying to stall. Once it goes into second gear it's pretty much ok. The gas pedal also sticks. I knew the speedometer did not work when buying the car. When I drove it home for the first time, after all the work at the mechanics, the needle shot up to 95 mph. I had been driving for around 20 minutes and I assume I was going about 65-75 mph. It hasn't moved before or after that. Why did that happen? My boyfriend said it wasn't the cable; possibly the speedsensor? Also, the needle jumps when I hit the dash.
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACK42
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What gasket was replaced that req'd the distributor to be removed? The speedo. Is it cable driven or does it have an electronis sensor? Hitting the dash could be reconnecting a bad connection or it could be the slop in the speedo head or cable which may be the problem in the first place
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MAXTOTHEFULLEST07
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  • 1992 NISSAN MAXIMA
Transmission problem
1992 Nissan Maxima 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

My speedometer recently stopped working and ive been told by many that it is the speed senor. I was just wondering if that is true and how easy would it be to fix.
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Part of the dash probably has to be removed to get at the speedometer assy where the VSS is located. Also check the transmission side
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
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208MYSTERY
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  • 1990 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 215,000 MILES
I just bought this car and the speedometer doesn't work and sometimes when I take off the needle will pop up to 40mph and stay there till I come to a complete stop. Any ideas why it is doing this?
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

I would be thinking that this is a problem wit the speed sensor, this is located on the back of the speedo, this will be a job for a mechanic to check over.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
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208MYSTERY
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  • 1990 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 216,000 MILES
So I replaced the speed sensor in my 1990 Nissan maxima and the speedometer still doesnt work. I took the gauges out of my parts car and put into my car and now when I get to about 45 mph the speedometer goes to the opposite side like 85 mph and goes down when I slow down and kinda goes up when I speed up and the needle will stay on the opposite side so it will say 125 mph at dead stop. What shall I do?
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:29 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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If you had pulled the gauge needle out, then the gaue has to be replaced as you have set the speedometer out of calibrations.
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:30 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BETHSWEB1
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  • 1990 NISSAN MAXIMA
My speedometer doesnt work, sometimes not at all and sometimes it flips up and down but not staying on a set speed, hitting the top of the dash really hard will make it work for a few seconds sometimes, not always
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Thursday, May 30th, 2019 AT 2:30 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ERNEST CLARK
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Sometimes the speedo gauge fails. If hitting the dash corrects it, then it's obviously not the speed sensor in the tranny. First check the condition of the connectors at the back of the gauge/cluster. If they're fine, you'll have to replace it. They're cheap at a junk yard, but you'll have to make sure they work
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