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Old 02-23-2003, 10:31 AM
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How to calibrate speedometer?

I am helping a friend install a speedometer in her 1994 E320 to replace her defective one. She bought exact same part number speedometer and had the mileage reset to match her actual mileage. Is there a need to calibrate this speedometer with her current tachometer or just install and go? Any ideas how to calibrate both if needed?
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Old 02-23-2003, 10:54 AM
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Just install it. it has already had the calibration that can be done.

Calibration is done on all but digital speedos by inputing a given frequency (revolutions on cable driven ones) and verifying that 60mph results (for mph speedos). The frequency or numbers of turns is written on the back of the speedo as K= or W=.

If this doesn't result in proper speed due to changes in tire size or gear changes then custom calibration is needed or a converter installed.
Steve Brotherton
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Old 02-24-2003, 12:23 PM
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Thanks Steve. I was under the impression that you needed to calibrate anytime you replace either tachometer or speedometer. This one is not digital and doesn't have speedo cable either. just a couple of wires plug in the back of it.
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Old 02-24-2003, 01:53 PM
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It is electronic just converts it into an analog dial.
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