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    Default Speedo stuck at zero or buried past 100

    What causes the speedo to act up all of a sudden? If I pull out and stay under say, 25mph, it stays on zero......once it comes off zero, it reads way high and will eventually go past 100 and stay there even if I slow down. I also have the vibrating fuel guage needle "hummingbird needle" and the oil pressure is all ratchety. Im assuming the oil pressure is a sending unit??? Is the speedo problem a Vehicle Speed Sensor??

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    What year vehicle have you got?? GM had issues with the I believe 03-05 Instrument Cluster stepper motors, specifically the spedo. There was a time and mileage sensitive recall on them like 7 years and 70,000 miles or under.

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    Most likely need to replace your stepper motor if it is the 03-05 cluster like mentioned above. Its rather easy, just need to be able to unsolder and solder in the motors. You can get a pack of motors off of ebay for about 50 dollars.
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    Its a 1998 GMC Savana 1500, 5.7 with 4L60E. Just replaced the only "speed sensor" in the trans tailshaft.....IT DID NOTHING. I thought it would at least turn out my rear anti-lock light. ANY HELP?....The speedo seems to read double the actual speed.

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    Does this van actually have rear ABS? There are no rear wheel sensors or any sensors on the rearend housing but the ABS code is showing a difference in wheel speed from front to rear. Also.....Cruise Control doesnt work now that the speedo is acting up. THE VSS HAS BEEN CHANGED & IT DID NOTHING.

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    You have a ground problem to your cluster.
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    A ground problem? Why no cruise control all of a sudden? If I plug in my scan tool that reads live data, I am getting a vehicle speed signal.....where is that coming from?.....the vss right?.... So, why the constant anti-lock light?.....does this van even have rear anti-lock??..... I'm Frustrated!!

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    Could it be the sensor wheel itself inside the tailshaft housing?....the one that the vss reads??

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    No. You either have a bad ground or a short. Check the smaller wire from the negative side of the battery and make sure it is attached at both ends. That is your starting point. If you are getting the correct readings with the scan tool, then the sensors are fine. Your computer tells the cluster what to show. There is a communicarion problem between the computer and the cluster. Most likely a ground problem.
    Last edited by moogvo; 06-16-2012 at 12:38 PM.

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    Everything checked out. The oil, gas and speed gauges act up. The volts and temp are fine. If you flick the needles individualy, the speed, oil & gas needles will move very, very freely......oil & gas spin completely around many times......the gauges acting up. The temp and volts needles have resistence and move back when rotated.... So, I'm thinking 3 bad motors. I was going to replace all 5.

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