When it comes to withholding on getting certain car repairs, many times it could be illegal. However, that is not the case with everything. Sometimes, it is just a matter of endangering your safety on the road (as well as other drivers’ safety) but is not necessarily illegal. If you are wondering, “Is a broken speedometer illegal?” hopefully I will able to answer that for you.
Let’s start off with this important fact first. As you already know, there are such things as inspection stickers. Car inspection is a process mandated by the national or subnational governments in many countries. It requires every vehicle to be inspected to make sure that it aligns with the regulations on emissions and safety. In some states, proof of inspection is required before an individual is issued a license or their license is renewed. In some cases, the speedometer is examined during a car examination. However, individuals don’t always have to have a working speedometer in order to pass inspection.
Even if the speedometer is not examined in certain car inspections or particular states, it does not mean that it is okay to drive with a broken speedometer. Without a properly working speedometer, you may not know about the levels of certain fluids or components in your vehicle. As a result, your car may end up breaking down. If it happens to break down in a high-traffic area, this can potentially result in a lot of injury—not just for you, but other drivers and pedestrians as well! Also, if the speedometer is not showing the right speed you are driving at, you may end up going a lot faster than you should be, and getting into a vehicular accident because of it. Again, this could be dangerous or even fatal.
The vehicles speedometer has the job of giving an accurate estimation of the speed we are driving at any given moment. Cars coming from a dealer have the speedometer already calibrated to the vehicle’s stock parts. However, if particular parts are changed, like the cars tires, the speedometer needs to be calibrated. Otherwise, you will be given the incorrect speed. Cars that are salvage will also need to get calibration.
A dealer may charge a large amount, so some decide to tackle this themselves. If you have a mechanical speedometer, Here are a few simple steps on how to do a speedometer adjustment.
If you have a mechanical speedometer you would start by opening the vehicle’s hood and locating the transmission. Next, unscrew the speedometer cable and unscrew the bolt holding the gear housing cover. After removing the plate, you will see two gears. Count the number of teeth the gears have and remember it for later. Next, get the diameter of the tire and divide 20,168 by the tire’s diameter. This is the tire’s revolutions per mile. Multiply this by the amount of teeth your gears have and multiply again by the vehicle’s axle ratio (which can be found in the vehicles supporting documents). Purchase the necessary driven gear for your vehicle. Remove the old driven gear by pulling it out of its clips and clip in the new driven gear. Secure the gear housing cover and the speedometer cable back.
Have you been experiencing speedometer problems for a while now, and pushing aside getting it done because you don’t want to spend the big bucks for such a minor issue? What if I told you that there is a company that can perform all the repairs you need and still keep you from losing a ton of money?
Well, there is a company like that. It goes by the name of Safety Restore. Safety Restore is a small, family-owned business that specializes in repairing any and all speedometer problems that its customers come beckoning with. It has seen everything from broken car odometers, gas gauges that work only intermittently, faulty temperature gauges, oil gauges that give wrong readings, stuck tachometer gauges, and speedometer gauges that just don’t function properly. Each customer that has sent in their instrument cluster for repair has received it back and had it work practically like new again! You and your speedometer can be added to the list.
If you want to get rid of those speedometer problems, all you have to do is log onto safetyrestore.com. There, you can select and pre-pay for the instrument cluster gauges repair service. Once payment has been processed, you can then disassemble your speedometer and ship it out to Safety Restore in Westfield, MA. There is a detailed instruction manual on the website describing the removal process if you are having any difficulties. Also, Safety Restore has additional assistance only a phone call, chat line, or email away!