Will not go over 3,000 RPM's or 70 mph and speedometer does not work

Tiny
AJSLENDER
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  • 2004 CADILLAC CTS
  • 3.2L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 204,000 MILES
I bought this car about a month ago. The speedometer doesn't work, won't go over 3,000 revs or 70 mph. It has a 5 speed in it. Trying to figure out if it's a bad ECM or BCM.
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Friday, October 9th, 2020 AT 7:15 AM

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Tiny
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Hi,

The idea that the speedo doesn't work indicates an issue with a speed sensor. That can affect the transmission functions. As far as what is causing the problem, it could be several different things.

The first thing I recommend is to have the computer scanned for diagnostic trouble codes. The best way to do it is via a CAN scan. CAN stands for computer area network. This is how the modules/computers in the vehicle are tied together.

Once the codes are retrieved, we then can focus on a specific area. If that isn't done and we have no codes, it becomes a guessing game.

Here is a video that shows how to scan the CAN bus system of a vehicle:

https://youtu.be/InIlnsjOVFA

Once you have that done, let me know what codes are retrieved.

If this is something you are unable to have done, let me know. Also, let me know if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Friday, October 9th, 2020 AT 7:18 PM

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