Speedo works intermittantly - '91 740

Discussion in 'Volvo 740' started by Jjsegr, Sep 5, 2003.

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    Jjsegr Guest

    On a typical drive around town, the speedometer will not be functioning. Then
    it will work for awhile -sometime only seconds, sometimes for the duration of
    the trip. As time passes, the percentage that it fails to work increases.

    Is there some "owner servicable part"? It's the family driver, so I hate for
    the wife or kids to try to guage their speed according to the tachometer.
    Thanks for any help.

    Jim
     
    Jjsegr, Sep 5, 2003
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    les.watson Guest

    I have the same problem, when it does not work I just bang the dash and it
    works again.
     
    les.watson, Sep 5, 2003
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    Peter Milnes Guest

    You have a problem with an electrical connection between the rear axle
    (differential) and the speedo head or the grounding (earthing) of the instrument
    panel.

    Cheers, Peter.

    : On a typical drive around town, the speedometer will not be functioning. Then
    : it will work for awhile -sometime only seconds, sometimes for the duration of
    : the trip. As time passes, the percentage that it fails to work increases.
    :
    : Is there some "owner servicable part"? It's the family driver, so I hate for
    : the wife or kids to try to guage their speed according to the tachometer.
    : Thanks for any help.
    :
    : Jim
     
    Peter Milnes, Sep 6, 2003
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  4. Mine did the same thing -- the shop I was taking it to (before I gave up
    with them and found a dealership willing to work on high-mileage Volvo's in
    Mt. Kisco, NY) said it was probably electrical but it would take a bit of
    work to track it down since there was no obvious wiring fault. Rather than
    spend a lot to fix this (I can use the tach to pretty much tell how fast I
    am going), I put it off and figured I try to fix it myself when I had some
    time and the problem got really annoying.

    When the meter went dead and worked less than 10% of the time, I decided to
    fix it, and first traced as much of thw wiring as I could. Seeing no obvious
    fault and continuity was fine in the segments which I tested, I got an
    entire instrument panel from a wrecked 740 and just changed out the whole
    thing, and the speedometer (as well as other instruments) works great now.
    The panel was about $175 from a wrecked car lot in Suffolk County, NY
    (basically a lot near Patchouge (sp?) LI where you can just go to the
    wrecked car, tell them the part you want, and if it is still in the car they
    take it out for you).

    It was a pain to open up the front panel on my 740, but it also afforded me
    an opportunity to fix a few bulbs and clean out some dust which had
    accumulated on the display.

    I was initially told it was an electrical wiring/grounding problem, so I
    wasn't sure a new panel would make a difference, but right after I put it in
    the needle never varied and still shows the correct speed (no jumping around
    or staying at ~10mph when the tach says 2.8 and you know you are doing 75 or
    so....)

    So if you have checked all the wiring and the grounding, and it seems fine,
    it *may* be that the "circuit board" (for lack of a better term) or the
    speedometer itself is a bit flaky, and if you want to spend $200 or so, you
    may want to try replacing it to see if the problem lies there.

    Good luck!

    -Doug
    d<remove-this>
    www.interpage.net
    (510) 315-2750
     
    Interpage Network Services Inc., Sep 7, 2003
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