Intermittent speedometer in 99 Outback

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by L. Kreh, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. L. Kreh

    L. Kreh Guest

    I have a 99 Outback wagon (2.5L and automatic trans) with 108,000
    miles. Just this past weekend, the speedometer started working only
    intermittently -- sometimes it works, sometimes the needle just sits
    at zero mph. Any idea what could be wrong and how much it will cost
    to fix it?

    L. Kreh, Oct 9, 2003
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    Tim Reeve Guest

    When I had a similar problem with a '94 Loyale, it was the speedometer head
    which had gone. In that case, it was a few hundred dollars to buy and
    install it. The symptoms were that speed shown would vary (at 100 kph for
    example) anywhere from 0 to 140!
    Tim Reeve, Oct 10, 2003
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  3. Just cleared up a long standing litany of problems on my 97 Impreza.
    Purchased with the CEL on16 months ago. OBDII scanner said the speed
    sensor was malfunctioning. A couple of months ago the gas guage
    started being less than accurate. About that time there would be
    ocassional times where it would start running on two cylinders.
    Stopping the engine and restarting would fix the situation. Finally,
    the alternator stopped charging, but Autozone said it checked out OK.
    I had checked the ground and was planning on doing a load drop test on
    the positive side when to my dismay, I found it wouldn't start at all,
    eventhough I had just charged the battery. The first thing I tried
    was a jumper cable to the the engine from a ground and sure enough, it
    started. A quick ground cable replacement has cleared up all of my
    problems for almost a month now. Since the ground cable was having an
    "intermittant" problem, it was a bit hard to narrow down. The ground
    cable sure is a flimsy thing.
    david baldwin, Oct 12, 2003
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