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Old 05-31-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Default Changing the odometer reading

Several years ago I had to get a new instrument cluster. The shop that did it "forgot?" to turn the odometer to what the numbers were...so it was back at zero.

I remember talking to them about it and they told me it's too late to change.

I've lived with it for a few years, and plenty of shops are caught off guard by the low number. I know what it should be because there is a tag in the door jam with the original miles. So they have to be added together each time.

Lots of knowledgeable people on this board so I had a few questions...

1. Should I hound the original shop to forward the odometer to the correct mileage?

2. Is there a way I can do it myself (I think this is a NO)

3. Should I leave it alone and pretend it has low miles?

Any advice would be appreciated. The incorrect (low) miles has always bothered me!

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Default Re: Changing the odometer reading

'98+ I'm pretty sure you can't change the reading. '98-'99 it's stored in the cluster and '00-'02 it's stored in the BCM (might be changeable with a Tech II).
'95-'97 is super easy and there's a guide that gets you close enough you can figure out the next 2 steps, I assume since the guide is basically the same for '91-'94 it's just as easy but I've not torn into that style.
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Default Re: Changing the odometer reading

Right, so if mine is stored in the cluster (cause it's a 99) am I stuck?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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You might want to look into state laws. Some states require by law that any service shop correct the mileage on an odometer. That would give you fuel to make the original shop deal with it.
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Default Re: Changing the odometer reading

The only way it can be changed is when initially installed if it was a new OEM cluster which it sounds like yours was. Once it accumulates 5 miles or so the ability to change the reading is locked out. Thee is no way to change it without shipping it off to a speedometer shop who will change the chip. and correctly set it.

Keep the info on mileage on paper and when you sell the car give it to the buyer and write it on the title if required.


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Several years ago I had to get a new instrument cluster. The shop that did it "forgot?" to turn the odometer to what the numbers were...so it was back at zero.

I remember talking to them about it and they told me it's too late to change.

I've lived with it for a few years, and plenty of shops are caught off guard by the low number. I know what it should be because there is a tag in the door jam with the original miles. So they have to be added together each time.

Lots of knowledgeable people on this board so I had a few questions...

1. Should I hound the original shop to forward the odometer to the correct mileage?

2. Is there a way I can do it myself (I think this is a NO)

3. Should I leave it alone and pretend it has low miles?

Any advice would be appreciated. The incorrect (low) miles has always bothered me!

John
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:54 PM   #6
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Default Re: Changing the odometer reading

"There is no way to change it without shipping it off to a speedometer shop who will change the chip. and correctly set it."

Right..because I called another shop today and that's exactly what they said. I'm wondering if I have a case with the shop that screwed up according to state laws here in Arizona like the above poster mentioned.

Hrmmm..I may need to investigate further. The shop that screwed up is acting mean, lying, wishy-washy.

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Around here it is really no big deal. If a vehicle is over 10 years old and has been sold privately it seems to always get a "not actual mileage" added to the title along with a last reported mileage date?

A quick search of "arizona odometer disclosure" yields POA Odometer Disclosure form as well as a link to the AADA faq which says: "If the odometer canít be set to true mileage, it must be
set to zero and a notice must be attached to the left doorframe noting the prior mileage reading." Did the shop add the sticker? If not, I'd guess that would be all they would be required to do?
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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Default Re: Changing the odometer reading

Off track, that's exactly what they did when it happened, probably to cover themselves. Oh well.

If I am going to keep the car for a while (which I am) it really doesn't even matter.

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The shop screwed up by driving the car after replacing the cluster and then reading the instructions. That is why you have a sticker on the door. If you wanted to push it you could get another cluster out of them as they did the job wrong. Not worth the hassle.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:17 PM   #10
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Default Re: Changing the odometer reading

I asked this a while back and I got a whole lot of no's. :c

I was sad, that seems like something that should be doable with a code scanner.
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Years ago the Feds got their bloomers in a bunch about turning back odometers and forced the states to pass all these laws and the manufacturers to make changing it almost impossible.

It is just like so many people will not buy a 15 year old car without a clean CarFax.
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