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Old 10-07-2010, 05:47 PM
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Default '94 Ram speedo and odo don't work

The title says it. I've searched on here and read a lot about this. It seems to be a common problem. But nothing I've read so far seems to apply to what I see going on. The speedo only works about 10% of the time. It either works or it doesn't. It doesn't bounce around erratically or read too high or too low. I've checked the speedo gear in the tail of the transmission to see if it's stripped and I don't believe that's the problem. The next step is probably a sensor, but here's where nothing adds up. If I understand what I've read here correctly, the tranny sensor failure will cause shifting problems and not going into OD, and the differential sensor will cause ABS lights on the dash to light up. I don't have either of those problems. I have no warning lights on the dash, the tranny shifts and downshifts fine and goes into OD, the tach works fine. Even the cruise control works fine. (What drives the cruise control?) Absolutely everything else operates like it should. I went to Autozone to use their scan tool and was told that they can only check vehicles '96 and newer. So what do I check next here? Are there any other clues I can give that I've left out? Thoughts? TIA.
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Well you have and OBD1 vehicle (onboard diagnostics version one) that is why they couldn't check it. they can only do OBD2. as far as your problem did you check the connections up stream of the wire?
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:55 PM
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I have one of the rare OBD1 vehicles, eh? Only made for two years. Cool. That makes mine worth more, right?

So you're thinking just a loose wire connection in this case? I'll hunt around this weekend.
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thats where i would check. good luck and let us know
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Seeing as how I have OBD1, do I even have a sensor on the differential? I looked and all I see is brake lines. I don't see anything with electric wires coming off of it. Maybe this OBD1/OBD2 thing is why nothing I've read elsewhere on here so far matches up with what I see happening. If I don't have a sensor on the differential, that would narrow down which sensor to zero in on.
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i think its on the transmission.
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So there's no sensor on the differential for anything?

The only connectors I see here are the one at the transmission and the couple that plug in behind the speedometer head. I saw one terminal on one of the connectors at the speedo that didn't look real good, but straightening it out didn't give me any success.

What drives the cruise control on this model? The cruise never fails to work. Knowing that might help me narrow something down. It should tell me where the problem is not.
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ill see if i can get it up on all data at school tomorow.
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No luck finding anything out, eh?

I may have narrowed it down a bit. I unplugged the sensor at the transmission and went for a drive. Suddenly the cruise doesn't work, it won't shift into OD, and the check engine light comes on when it's time to shift into OD and doesn't. Plug it back in and all is normal. These things have never failed before. So the problem isn't there. The only other thing I can see that could be a problem is the speedometer head itself. It's time to go find out how many hundreds my favorite wrecking yard wants for one of those.
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I'm obdI and the spedo gear and sensor are on the drivers side of the tranny, by the shift linkeage. I was going to point to that sensor but you unplugged it and other things went awry so maybe the cluster, or wiring going to the cluster is going bad. Have you checked the connector to the cluster? Are all other things working on your instrument cluster? Not sure if I have anything with voltmeter readings for that.
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