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Old 09-17-2002, 08:35 PM
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Angry 83' Odometer Problem

I have a 1983 380 SL with an odometer reading of 265,000 miles.
It is more likely to be 365,000. I am looking to replace the odometer. I have looked online for parts. Is this a cable problem or a relay problem in the instrument cluster. The speedometer works fine. I can find nothing online regarding the odomoter. Does anyone know how this works ?
Thanks, Barbra
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Old 09-17-2002, 09:57 PM
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Location: Lakewood NY
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.This is a common problem on older models, like the 107 and 116, and an easy fix.
Remove the instrument cluster from the car and dis- assemble it till you get to the odometer assby. The problem is the gray metal gear on the number stack. It is supposed to be press fitted to the shaft and spin with the shaft, but over years and age and many miles it loosens up from the shaft and fails to function.
Fix it by pushing out the shaft with the correct size drill bit then support the number wheels with the shaft removed. Set the shaft next to the stack and note where the metal gear was positioned.Next take a punch and hammer and make a dimple on the shaft where the gear goes. Press the shaft back through the stack, re-assemble everything and the odometer will now work.
I have done this procedure on several cars and it works great.
Good luck:
J. William Tarbrake
NY State Dealer 7014303DLU
Registered repair shop R7014303
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Old 09-18-2002, 06:25 PM
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Thumbs up 83 odometer problem


Thanks so much for the info. Will attempt this in the next couple of weeks. I'll let you know if it works out.
Thanks again,
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