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Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, GTI: 1993-1999, Cabrio 1995-2002 (A3) Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off


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BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 2:02 PM   in response to: tjm0852 in response to: tjm0852
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I do!

BobD
BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 2:06 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Just kidding.
a3clusters(a)hotmail.com

tjm0852,
I need to check my stock for parts.
I just received a cluster from a member (today!), and I have 2 other members who might be sending me more clusters.
(Dexter & Olta)

Give me a couple of days......?
Send me an email telling everything you notice wrong with your cluster!

I'll help out the best I can.

BobD

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tjm0852

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 2:08 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Will do! Thanks for getting back to me. It's been out of the car for a week now, what would a couple more days hurt? ;)
Thanks
Angelina

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 24, 2006 9:50 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Have you gotten to where you can fix it, email me, I have one you can work on.
BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 24, 2006 10:06 PM   in response to: Angelina in response to: Angelina
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Hello Angelina,
You can email me at a3clusters(a)hotmail.com
Where are you located?

BobD

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BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: May 17, 2006 11:19 AM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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To help group my email, please use this
email for contacting me for VW concerns.

a3clusters(a)hotmail.com

Thanks,
BobD
SpacemanSpiff

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: May 30, 2006 10:01 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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oops

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BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: May 30, 2006 11:05 PM   in response to: SpacemanSpiff in response to: SpacemanSpiff
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SpacemanSpiff,(Nick)
I got an email from you via this forum.
But it doesn't tell me your email...it just says "mail.robot"
So I can't contact you... Email me at
a3clusters(a)hotmail.com directly...

BobD
florida bob

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Dec 5, 2007 7:19 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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I have same problem, I hope your still doing cluster repairs, I own 2000 cabrio speedometer and tach only work for first trip in morning, mildred112@juno.com thanks mildredbob
dputrow

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Dec 17, 2007 1:49 PM   in response to: herrB in response to: herrB
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i had the similar problems..odo+speedo only works after the engine off for such a long time - around 2 hrs - overnight..my mechanic said because i jump start my car often (i believed so because i having this problem since i ruined my alternator+battery)..

i really interesting with herrB problem solution,if you don't mind give me the diagram or picture which of the components i should soldering.

thanks..
Dodger541

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 2:28 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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I came across this thread because my speedometer only works from time to time on my '97 Jetta GT. I sent you an email earlier today but I figured that I would try all angles. I noticed its been a while since the last post on this thread, but I'm really hoping you can still help.
BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:54 PM   in response to: Dodger541 in response to: Dodger541
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Antonio?
If so.. got your email
SNAGL2TH

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Jan 2, 2013 1:23 AM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Hey BobD Any chance your still fixin gauges? I have a early 99 jetta A3 with same problem. Tach / Speedo only work when its really cold out (below freezing out) and then they only work till u turn ignition off. Odometer works always. Tach bounces on 0 for about 5 sec after key is off.

I'll send you E-mail, No big deal if you dont feel like it I just use my GPS 2 figure out how fast im going, it fits right over speedo / tach on dash LOL

SNAGL2TH@suckass.info

jollygreen53

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: May 9, 2013 5:17 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Bobd, I have a 1998 VW Cabrio 5 speed. Everything on the cluster works except for the tachometer. Sometimes after shutting off the engine, the tach will go from 7k rpm to zero and sometimes it just stays on 7k rpm. Sometimes the tach will actually work, but not often. This sounds like a loose connection to me. The cruise control will not engage either. I read your explanation of fixing the clusters. Are you still offering to fix those like you explained in your thread? It is a fun little car to drive, but a very delicate machine to say the least. I'm use to Toyota quality and my 4R and Camry are built tough. Thanks, jollygreen53.
jollygreen53

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: May 18, 2013 5:10 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Bobd, are you still around? I don't see any 2013 posts from you. I would like to talk to you about my '98 Cabrio instru cluster. Tach does not work and heat gauge needle starts way down in the lower right of the gauge and slowly works up to the first quarter of the indices. Every thing else works on the cluster. I had an electronics guy go over the solder joints and he found some cracked ones on the plug in (multi pin plug ins). He did not remove the speedometer or tach gauges though to get to the thousands of other small solder joints. Does the tach have small plastic gears in the rear or back part of the gauge and could they be stripped?

It sounds like you are very educated on the cluster problem and I don't want to start having this thing nickel and dime me to death. Thanks, Jollygreen53 in Colorado
Thunder1

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 12:23 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Hey Bob D... Not sure if you are still having fun with the A3 instrument clusters or not but since you were great the other times you helped me it's the first place I'll go... Have a 98 cluster and the only thing in it that works are the instrument lights, directional lights a a couple (? of the waring lamps... I checked the circuit board for bad solder joints and tried the cluster in another car just to see if all the other checking I have done was not the issue and it wasn't... Imagine... Hope you are having fun and doing well and if I don't hear from you thanks again for all the help you have given everyone! Regards, Karl khoskinson@comcast.net...
BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 8:10 PM   in response to: Thunder1 in response to: Thunder1
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Sorry for the very late reply. Been away.
So did the cluster respond the same way in the other car?
If so, I would say something serious has failed in the cluster. Maybe something with the regualtor or it's related components.
If you take the cluster out again, look for corroided or burnt traces. More than likely around the top left corner, gauge face side.

Again... sorry for the late reply :)
Bob
Thunder1

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 7, 2014 8:02 AM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Hey back... Thanks so much for the reply but thought you might have given up all the fun with these cars and maybe I should stop having them too... LOL... Still have the one which none of the gauges work, did the same thing in both cars, and will check the grounding on the top left but I also purchased one on eBay... My bad since the speedometer on it doesn't work, imagine!! If you are still working on these please let me know what to send and where as I doubt there will be much luck... Once again, thanks for everything and have a great weekend...

Regards, Karl
BobD

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Feb 13, 2014 1:33 PM   in response to: Thunder1 in response to: Thunder1
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Send me an email. a3clusters(a) hotmail. com
Snowmaniii

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Re: Speedometer and Tachometer Work on and off
Posted: Sep 1, 2015 10:19 AM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Hi Bob. I am interested in your setup. I am a DYI type and would love to figure this out on my own. I do not have a scope or function generators, but would consider acquiring them. Have you considered a DIY post for this (wouldn't have to be here, but could be YouTube or Instructibles).
I have 2 Jettas, 1 works except the background lights and 1 only the odometer and tach work. I also have several from junkyard that I have not tried yet but at a minimum would need odometer reset. Plus an 84 Mercedes with similar issues.

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