why does the speedometer go crazy when i go more than 65 mph?


Asked by May 19, 2013 at 12:52 AM about the 1996 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon

Question type: Car Customization

8 Answers

vss (vehicle speed sensor) is sending bogus info---this is located on the transmission~

Tracy Hooks

True and false. Usually, the VSS fails and sends bogus info to the PCM. It often fails and causes the speedometer cable to jump. The other possible cause of the jumping speedo needle can be a lack of lubrication of the cable in its housing. VSS isn't bad to get to although, for some weird reason, it's a little tough to get back in. The speedo cable lubrication requires pulling the dash bezel and the Instrument Cluster for access - kind of a pain but not too bad.

Tracy...just go ahead a search for a speedometer cable---this buggy don't have one!...that was my first guess~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Tracy Hooks

I'd throw away your reference material because it isn't any good. Thanks for your opinion though.

Ken Riser

Sensor sends to dash or speedo I was told on tranny or one of the front wheel hubs no cable Ford escorts wagon 1999 is electronic then why did speedo go crazy a few times when I nailed it entering freeway like it does have a cable in it if it's a sensor how I find it in tranny or wheel hubs front ?

Ken Riser

As if the cable was going bad but don't see one under dash going to speedo which cluster behind or directly on back dash panel or before I go behind all that is it just before or under dash off speedo panel

Tracy Hooks

If it's a 1999, right, there is no cable but there still is a Speed Sensor off of the top of the Transaxle. No fun to get to without a hoist. It's on top but nearly at the Firewall.

Ken Riser

Oh well just like a d Saab 93 turbo I'm buying a friggin horse he just farts and dies at least I can eat his ass lol

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Escort in your area?

CarGurus has 548 nationwide Escort listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Ford Escort Questions

Ford Escort Experts

#1 FordNut
Reputation 1,040
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 930
#3 dandyoun
Reputation 790
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Taurus"
346 Great Deals out of 23,134 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,452 Great Deals out of 67,383 listings starting at $1,295
Used Honda Civic"
1,178 Great Deals out of 58,588 listings starting at $1,295
Used Ford F-150"
3,240 Great Deals out of 216,707 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Explorer"
1,382 Great Deals out of 71,751 listings starting at $300
Used Ford Mustang"
746 Great Deals out of 41,448 listings starting at $900
Used Ford Fiesta"
266 Great Deals out of 17,195 listings starting at $2,995
Used Toyota Camry"
1,647 Great Deals out of 98,538 listings starting at $895
Used Honda Accord"
1,316 Great Deals out of 78,668 listings starting at $1,395
Used Ford Ranger"
265 Great Deals out of 7,819 listings starting at $988
Used Jeep Wrangler"
448 Great Deals out of 16,357 listings starting at $2,395

Used Cars For Sale