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Old 12-03-2012, 11:09 AM
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So I'm sure you've read this before, my '97 maxima's speedometer is erratic at times and will jump up and down. If I continue driving for some time it will get its act together and read correctly, and then I can then use the cruise control. Now here's the strange part: If I hit a bump or dip such as a pothole or railroad crossing, my speedometer just dies, and will only jump up if I tap the gas pedal. This leads me to believe that maybe my problem is a bad connection, and maybe I just need to tighten a few bolts so I can avoid seeing a mechanic (that's why we're all here I imagine) and being charged a diagnostic fee plus a half hour of labor just to turn a couple screws. I have checked online to try and figure out where under the hood I need to poke around but haven't had any luck. A detailed reply and some pictures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:42 AM
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This is not easy to diagnose without special tools. It could be the speed sensor on the transmission or the speedohead itself or sometimes loose screws at the speedohead. You could start by tighten the screw behind the speedohead.

The speed head connected to the the circuit board with 3 screws. You need to remove the meter and tight the screws on the back of the meter. See attached images.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:55 AM
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awesome. Thankyou so much!
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