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Old 05-18-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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defective speedometer

I have a 2004 Damon Challenger, 34 ft on a F53 Ford chassis. My speedometer does not work, I want to sell it but I believe I need a working speedometer (I have been using my GPS for speedometer) I'm unable to locate one, I guess Ford does not make them anymore. I also understand that I'll have to change the whole instrument cluster. Does anyone know of any place I can get one? even a used one would be fine. I've also been told that the cluster out of some Ford Pick ups will fit. Would appreciate any suggestions.

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Old 05-18-2015, 01:44 PM   #2
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I'd suggest taking a photo of the dash cluster then start looking in salvage yards, eBay, etc. Are you sure it's the gauge and not the sending unit? Before spending a bunch of money on parts, you need to make sure it's not just a dirty connection or something else.


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Old 05-18-2015, 03:04 PM   #3
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Check the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) on top of the rear end. Could be a loose conection.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:09 PM   #4
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Do you have an OBD-II adapter and a Smart Phone or B/T Computer?

Easiest way to check vehicle speed sensor (You do not even get dirty) is to plug in such an adapter and fire up the proper software on a Smart Phone or Laptop.. DRIVE

IF the VSS shows you at zero.. Sensor is not sending or computer is not computing

If VSS shows same as GPS..Sensor (And computer) are working gauge is bad. Or wiring, or connection now loose

NOT: bad connections (Wire off sensor) will cause it too.
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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Sounds like it's just the speedometer that doesn't work? The odometer does?

Yes the cluster is from an F150, 1997 ish.

And if the chassis is an '04, it doesn't have a VSS on the diff. There's a speed sensor on each rear wheel. If it was a speed sensor issue, it wouldn't shift right, and there's probably be ABS and check engine lights.

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Old 05-19-2015, 10:59 PM   #6
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When I bought my 99 the speedometer was erratic. Dealer sent to Ford dealer, they removed the instrument cluster. Cluster was sent to Ford for repair, took about a week turn around. At least that's what I was told.

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