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How to fix a not working odometer

How to repair a not working odometer: the Minitools guide

Here’s how to repair an instrument panel with stuck odometer

One of the most common problems on classic cars and motorcycles is a malfunction of the odometer, which is the mechanism that measures the distance (kilometres or miles) travelled by the vehicle, which can be stuck and don’t work.

This problem to the odometer, also called mileage counter, can affect both the total odometer and the partial odometer (trip meter), and can be caused mostly by two factors:

  • On or more worn gears inside the gauge (this may happen both on electronic and mechanical instrument panels);
  • Malfunction or breakage of the transmission cable, also called tacho shaft or speedometer cable (this problem may occur only on mechanical instrument panels).

In the first case, when the issue is related to the gears, only the odometer doesn’t work, the rest of the instrument (like speedometer or rev counter) works fine*.

In the second case, together with the mileage counter stuck and not spinning, the issues extend to the rest of the instrument: speedometer or rpm needles may bounce or be completely stuck.

*Note: if one or more needles on an electronic instrument cluster are bouncing or stuck, this is probably due to a fault in the stepper motor driving them, if you’re encountering this problem, please contact us.

So, how to repair a stuck odometer?

The solution to these issues is pretty simple: all you need to do is replace the worn gears or the broken cable, and the odometer will work again!

On our e-commerce there’s a wide range of gears and cables for several cars and motorbikes odometer repair, including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Furthermore, we made several tutorials for various DIY odometer repairs, like:

Porsche 911 964 and 993 odometer repair

BMW K100, K75, K1100RS, K1100 LT and K1 odometer repair

Mercedes W140 and R129 odometer repair

Furthermore, in case the replacement part you’re looking for is not on our e-commerce, we may produce it for free for you, just contact us!