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BoPeg 05-09-2012 04:25 PM

speedo really off
We Have a 2000 National Seabreeze and the speedometer is really wacky. When we first start out (cold) the speedo will only go to 44 mph when we are really going 60. As things warms up it gets better but is still not correct. where do I need to look? Any help would be appreciated, thanks :rolleyes:

cannon man 05-09-2012 04:30 PM

what chassis do you have?

leadfoot3 05-09-2012 04:42 PM

Please put your speedo back's bad enough seeing them on the beach.LOL

Dunner 05-09-2012 05:18 PM

My `04 Sea Breeze speedo jumped to 40 as soon as I start moving, but was ok after 40. Dealer replaced instrument cluster under extended service contract. Cost $500+.

BoPeg 05-09-2012 07:05 PM

We have a F53 ford chassis:bow:

BoPeg 05-09-2012 07:07 PM

F53 Ford

Dunner 05-09-2012 07:11 PM

Pull the plastic cover off of the top of the dash. There should be 2-3 connectors on the back of the instrument cluster. Un-plug and re-plug them a couple of times. It didn't work for me, but it may for you. Also, re-seat the connectors on the transmission. That did work for me, but didn't last.

89sandman 05-09-2012 09:13 PM

heres a quick solution until you can get it fixed, buy a gps. they are always nice to have and most have a speedo right on the main screen. i find myself using the one on the gps more than the one on the dash, don't have to take my eyes off the road...

wa8yxm 05-10-2012 08:41 AM

Some GPS units display MPH, If you use Microsoft Streets & Trips it will show MPH in the upper left of your screen... Of course only when it can see the birds can it do that but.. I would use that till you get to a speedo shop.

Speedometers come in two flavors.. Older units use a mechinical system where a gear turns a cable runs inside a sleeve up to the speedometer in the dash where it turns some more grears and a system of devices turns the rotation of the gears into a speed indication.

A variation of this uses a small electric generator instead of the cable, and wires to a voltmeter that is calibrated in MPH instead of volts. (The faster the generator turns the more volts)

The newer ones, which may be analog or digital, use digital electronics to send an electronic signal to a computer which then does the math (Literally counting rotations).

I can not imagine a new digital electronic job doing as you describe. But both of the older types can do strange things.

For example if the generator is worn out it might not make proper contact till warmed up and thus give a slower than it should indication.

The one on my car was highly off till you hit about 25MPH then it settled down.

The one on my motor home (Newer, all digital to an analog indicator) tends to be within 1/2 MPH of the GPS at all speeds.

Dunner 05-10-2012 10:36 AM

How about mine jumping to 40 almost immediately, then being ok after I got over 40. The odometer was off by about 2.5 10ths per mile. All gauges are analog.

slickest1 05-10-2012 01:17 PM

I had a problem with my speedometer acting erratically. It would be fine and then go up or down a few mph. Then sometimes it would bounce all over the place. I was told to check my grounds on the dash. I did and it cured the problem. If yours is mechanical that won't apply. Good luck.

PanJH 05-12-2012 09:00 AM

On the differential there is a speed sensor ... when they go bad they will show erratic readouts on the speedometer. It's held in by a single bolt ( 10mm I believe) and has a quick wire disconnect and they cost about $20 at Ford.

I had one fail on the motorhome and also one failed in my pickup.

Dunner 05-12-2012 09:04 AM

Some are on the diff, some are on the transmission. My F53 doesn't have one on the diff.

BoPeg 05-14-2012 04:04 AM

I have replaced the sensor in the diff. Have not had it on the road yet but will update you guys as soon as I do. Thanks for all your help.

Dunner 05-14-2012 09:20 AM

If that doesn work, here are some post from another speedo problem thread.


Originally Posted by Darrell & Mel (Post 341657)
I changed the speed sensor ($21) the other day and took my coach out for a test drive. To my chagrin, the speedo still did not work. I finally gave in and took the dash apart and removed the instrument cluster. My wife then drove 2 and 1/2 hours to Richmond, VA to drop it off with Southern Electronics. As soon as she walked in and told them what the problem was, the technician new exactly what the problem was. Said he'd seen it lots of times, even with F350 and F450 Fords. Southern Electronics turned it around in one day ($215), my wife drove back to Richmond to pick it up, and I just got finished installing it again. I will test drive it tomorrow and hopefully it will be fixed. I will post another update after the test drive.


Originally Posted by Darrell & Mel (Post 167446)
Sorry, I never posted a follow up. We did go camping over the Memorial Day weekend, and the speedo worked great! So it did turn out to the the speedo part of the instrument cluster. If anyone needs work performed on their speedo or instrument cluster, I highly recommend Southern Electronics. You can find them on the www. They provided a quick turnaround for me at a good price. And if you are in the DC area to do some sightseeing, I highly recommend Cherry Hill RV Park. Nice, friendly staff, great location to the monuments with easy access via the Metrobus and Metrorail.

Does this help?

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