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PLEASE HELP! Speedo and Odo DO NOT work!!!

well here's the deal...
a buddy of mine has (i believe) i '99 Explorer. well i was riding it in the other day and noticed his gauges are blue. i've been wanting blue gauges for a bit and thought "why not just swap the clusters?" so that's what we did today but now the odometer doesn't work for me. we changed the milage on both so that they would read the original milage but his still works and mine doesn't move. i only drove about a mile or 2 since then so maybe i just need to drive more? anyone with any idea of what's goin on would be much appreciated!

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BUUUUMP
can someone please help me?!?! i just found out that the speedo doesn't work either. every other gauge works except the speedo and the odo. could i have busted a fuse?? i would love any help!! thanks guys!
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So you swapped cluster to get a different color. In the new cluster the speedo and odo dont work?

My vote is the new cluster is crap.

FYI, 95-97 explorers have and green/blue illumination. If his was blue it was modded.


This is my dash, it is modded.

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maybe it was a '97.. i don't remember haha. the weird thing is, it worked in his car fine so i don't see why it would stop working in mine??? thanks for the input but i'd really appreciate more from anyone else!
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blue looks really cool
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blue looks really cool
LOL.

Yea my post is just about as helpful as that one.

Sorry man :/
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Did you change out the odo correctly by taking the gears apart and making sure not to break any of the little "petals" that connect them together, or maybe you just switched out the whole odo.

Since you have to take the speedo needle off to change the odo, did you push it back on too far? Is it hitting the gauges? This can easily happen when you put it back on.
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Also, a 95-97 cluster is going to have a couple of dummy lights in different places.. ^like said by 'nbro3232', check the mechanism and such.. good luck man
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yeah i noticed the dummy lights are in different positions cause when my door is open it now says "Fuel Reset" instead of "Door Ajar" haha.

but as far as the odo goes, i just turned the wheels through the slot where the display is. i could see why the odo doesn't work but i didn't take off the needle so i don't know why the speedo doesn't work?? and the trip doesn't work either so i don't know if the odo would affect the trip as well? not sure but still.. thanks for all the help so far guys!
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small suggestion that might work. Inspect all the connector tabs on the cluster. If all of them look ok, they may just be dirty. take some Q tips and dip them in Coca Cola/Dr. Pepper/Pepsi (any brown cola), then apply some to the connectors on the cluster and scrub the tabs softly. you should notice a good amount of crap coming off of them. let them dry, then try it again. The acids in Coca Cola and others have been proven to clean just about anything, but I've noticed they work best on metals and help increase conductivity. Remember to let them dry, otherwise you might short out the whole cluster. If this doesn't work, I don't know what will. maybe try swapping them again and see if his original still works in his and vice versa.
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sweet.. thanks a lot kyle. i'll definitely try that i just gotta find some time haha. getting that thing out is just so tedious!
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If you turned the odo through the hole without removing it you most likely broke the connections between each number wheel. To do it without breaking them you must be able to pull them apart slightly so they dont catch on each other.

I don't know what to say about the speedometer besides check to see if its hitting the gauge. Maybe you pushed it down when you were changing the odometer.

edit: heres one of the tutorials i followed http://www.rangerpowersports.com/tech/?p=131
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Most likley the odo is junk.


My advice is get a new cluster.

But take the onl one apart and change the color for practice.

You need to index the needles with the key on.

Then pull the needles off. ( fork works really good)

use a knife to pull the face off

sand all the color off the back side (use a flashlight to check it)

then either reassemble or use glass paint to change the color.

If you reassemble use colored bulbs/leds
If you paint use regular bulbs/white leds

A how to from Griggs.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/24

And for the switches
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/6
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Most likley the odo is junk.
in that case, anyone have a spare cluster for sale?? haha. thanks for all the info guys.. i'm gonna take it apart tomorrow and look at it
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ive got my old one without a tach 68k on odo
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oh yeah?? how much would ya like for it? i would honestly rather one with a tach but if it's cheap i may just say forget it haha. and do you know about how old it is?
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$15 plus shipping? it came out of my 2000, doesnt seem to be any scratches on it
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****, sounds like a great deal!
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LOL.

Yea my post is just about as helpful as that one.

Sorry man :/
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$15 plus shipping? it came out of my 2000, doesnt seem to be any scratches on it
you've got a PM!

EDIT: do you have a pic of the cluster at all? and if not would you mind takin a couple for me? thanks man

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you've got a PM!

EDIT: do you have a pic of the cluster at all? and if not would you mind takin a couple for me? thanks man
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