Speedo, Petrol and Revs gauge froze? Watch

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Joanna-Marie :)
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Hi,

The Speedo, Petrol and Rev Count gauges have all froze in my mum's car and the garage has no idea what has actually happened and how to solve it

I'm posting on the off chance someone has experienced this before and knows what the problem is?
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Car make? Car model?

What do you mean by freeze? As in, they're all stuck at 0 or all somewhere in the middle?
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Car make? Car model?

What do you mean by freeze? As in, they're all stuck at 0 or all somewhere in the middle?
It's a Citroen Saxo.

Speedo isn't working and is at 0. Revs and Petrol stuck in the middle, not moving.
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Sounds like an electrical wiring fault to me. I had a similar fault in my old car where the wiring was lose and the gauges would sometimes all drop to 0.
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(Original post by Joanna-Marie :))
It's a Citroen Saxo.

Speedo isn't working and is at 0. Revs and Petrol stuck in the middle, not moving.
Speedo sounds loose. Do the other two respond when there's ignition (do they go back to 0 when the car is off)?
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Sounds like an electrical wiring fault to me. I had a similar fault in my old car where the wiring was lose and the gauges would sometimes all drop to 0.
Yeah, we've contacted the eletrics guy but he's not come across the problem before and things it might need a whole new dash board .. is that what your car needed?

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Speedo sounds loose. Do the other two respond when there's ignition (do they go back to 0 when the car is off)?
They are stuck at the level even with the ignition off .. no movement whatsoever
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Google it someone is bound to have had that problem with that car


Try disconnecting the battery for 10 mins then re-connecting it.

One solution which may work
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(Original post by Joanna-Marie :))
Yeah, we've contacted the eletrics guy but he's not come across the problem before and things it might need a whole new dash board .. is that what your car needed?



They are stuck at the level even with the ignition off .. no movement whatsoever
:lolwut: that's odd to say the least.

Plenty of breakers on eBay selling Saxo dashes for less than 50 quid. Might be worth buying one then getting the garage to fit it / get a Haynes manual and fix yourself.
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:lolwut: that's odd to say the least.

Plenty of breakers on eBay selling Saxo dashes for less than 50 quid. Might be worth buying one then getting the garage to fit it / get a Haynes manual and fix yourself.
I wouldn't have thought it would be the dash, it will be the wiring
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I wouldn't have thought it would be the dash, it will be the wiring
Hope so. I've just never seen a Speedo get stuck before. Wiring tends to just kill it no? Perhaps a short?
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Speedo sounds loose. Do the other two respond when there's ignition (do they go back to 0 when the car is off)?
I wouldn't have thought a car that age would have a speedo cable. It's more likely to be electronic.
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Google it someone is bound to have had that problem with that car


Try disconnecting the battery for 10 mins then re-connecting it.

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Genius! It worked .. at least for now! Can't believe the garage didn't think of it! Thanks alot

(Original post by mikeyd85)
:lolwut: that's odd to say the least.

Plenty of breakers on eBay selling Saxo dashes for less than 50 quid. Might be worth buying one then getting the garage to fit it / get a Haynes manual and fix yourself.
Fixed for now - although if it does it again to eBay it is!
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(Original post by Joanna-Marie :))
Genius! It worked .. at least for now! Can't believe the garage didn't think of it! Thanks alot



Fixed for now - although if it does it again to eBay it is!
Well at least it's fixed for now.

I was just about to reply to you that buying a whole new dash would have been a waste of money!
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(Original post by Joanna-Marie :))
Genius! It worked .. at least for now! Can't believe the garage didn't think of it! Thanks alot



Fixed for now - although if it does it again to eBay it is!
Haha no problem
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Hi just try and disconnect battery for few minutes it should sort your problem .
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Might be worth hooking it up to a code reader and see if there's anything stored on the ECU. If resetting it by disconnecting the battery fixed it then it was most likely an issue within the cluster or ECU, rather than loose wiring. If it's dropped a code then it might help you to stop it from happening again.
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Might be worth hooking it up to a code reader and see if there's anything stored on the ECU. If resetting it by disconnecting the battery fixed it then it was most likely an issue within the cluster or ECU, rather than loose wiring. If it's dropped a code then it might help you to stop it from happening again.
Post is from 2013 lol
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Post is from 2013 lol
Why do people keep on reviving ancient posts for crying out loud! I just scan through the first page on motoring and see if there's anything interesting. I never check the post dates
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(Original post by Nuffles)
Why do people keep on reviving ancient posts for crying out loud! I just scan through the first page on motoring and see if there's anything interesting. I never check the post dates
Snap.
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it's a french car with wiring issues ...

there;'s only one thing worse than french car for wiring issues, and that's a french van where the wiring has been hacked about by either English or french yokels as part of a specialist conversion
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