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Instrument cluster broke?

I have a 99 F250 . 7.3 Truck .

Truck seemed to eat rear abs(speed sensors) that's all fixed now. Anyways whenever the sensor would go out I would lose all speed info. Now the speedo goes up to 40mph ,and stops moving. If I go to 60 on my gps ,and set my cruise it will stay at 60 while the dash says 40. The truck has been calibrated for tire size via auto enginuity.When the speed sensor would crap out the cruise would not work at all. I'm wondering if the cluster is junk. Any opinions or ideas? I hate having to use my gps all the time.

The best idea I have is to plug the AE in and see if the trucks computer says faster than the dash does the cluster is bad. Any good reasoning?

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Re: Instrument cluster broke?

I'm in sort of a similar situation with my tach, it's flaky; at idle it's kinda close but sometimes it hangs, and sometimes it's reading as much as 500 rpm off (I have the digital AIC so I can use it as a tach). I've pulled it and cleaned all the contacts, thinking it might be a bad ground, but no luck.

I found a company that makes a "calibration kit" for all the gauges, but the kit just generates a reference signal, and you're supposed to pull of the gauge needle and reattach it to the right spot! That's not much of a concept IMHO.

I also found some cluster repair companies, you remove your cluster, send it to them, and eventually get a repaired cluster back. But it wasn't obvious whether they even did our clusters, whether we'd get our original cluster back still showing the right odomoter reading, and of course no idea how much they charged.

Sorry that's not much help but that's all I've found so far.

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Re: Instrument cluster broke?

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I'm in sort of a similar situation with my tach, it's flaky; at idle it's kinda close but sometimes it hangs, and sometimes it's reading as much as 500 rpm off (I have the digital AIC so I can use it as a tach). I've pulled it and cleaned all the contacts, thinking it might be a bad ground, but no luck.

I found a company that makes a "calibration kit" for all the gauges, but the kit just generates a reference signal, and you're supposed to pull of the gauge needle and reattach it to the right spot! That's not much of a concept IMHO.

I also found some cluster repair companies, you remove your cluster, send it to them, and eventually get a repaired cluster back. But it wasn't obvious whether they even did our clusters, whether we'd get our original cluster back still showing the right odomoter reading, and of course no idea how much they charged.

Sorry that's not much help but that's all I've found so far.
I am gonna try to hook it to an auto enginuity tonight. See if the computer sees a different speed.

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