My cars odeometer and trip meter stop working


#1

hi there ,

i own a 1987 bmw 325ic the speedo works fine

but the odeometer and trip meter stopped

working can you help with this problem

any trouble shooting advice would be great

thanks stovebolt


#2

Unfortunately this is quite common on BMWs. One of mine failed at 227K and another at 213K. The fix is to remove the unit and send it to a speedometer shop, or live with it. I’m still living.

You can find several speedo shops with a google search if there are none near you.


#3

When you get it apart you will probably find the little plastic gears have stripped/broken. These guys (and others) sell replacement gears:

http://www.carradio.com/speedometer_gears.html

I’ve have a few (benz) VDO speedos apart, it’s not that hard to see what is broken once you get into them.


#4

Thanks Craig58. I just sent them an e-mail requesting prices of gears for a Ford pick up as well as my current 325e


#5

Cool, as I recall these little gears are usually about $20, still cheaper than sending it out for repair. I don’t know if they send step by step instructions with the parts, if not do an internet search ant look for DIY links for your specific car. I don’t know how hard/easy it will be on the ford.