What Are The Risks Of Driving With An Inaccurate Speedometer?

You might not think about your speedometer often, but it is one of your vehicle's most important safety features that is used every time you drive. The speedometer is responsible for accurately showing you the speed at which your vehicle is going. Since it's an instinct to trust our speedometer, it can sometimes be difficult to tell when it's inaccurate (or broken). When your speedometer starts to malfunction, you should bring it to Brazzeal Automotive for an inspection, test, and repairs right away before you have to face the consequences.


Common Problems with Speedometer

The most common cause behind a defective speedometer is electrical issues within the car itself. However, it could also include: 

  • A defective speed sensor

  • Failure in the engine control unit (ECU)

  • Problem with electrical wiring or blown fuse 

Our certified team of professionals at Brazzeal can pinpoint your speedometer problem by evaluating multiple areas. We will first check the sensor and all potential related wiring and fuses. If these are not showing any issues, we can use a scanner to detect any error codes.


The Risks Of Driving With An Inaccurate Speedometer

An inaccurate speedometer is more than just an inconvenience. It can lead to major consequences, such as:

  • A speeding ticket
  • Engine or electrical problems (Rare)
  • An accident 
  • Vehicle inspection failure
    • In certain states, the speedometer has to be accurate to pass the vehicle state inspection.

Driving a car with a faulty speedometer is considered hazardous. It can endanger you, your passengers, and others on the road. Plus, a speeding ticket is never fun to deal with.


Thankfully, speedometer repairs are made simple for our expert team. Depending on your situation, it may simply require an ECU replacement, fuse replacement, or trouble code clearing. Other times, your technician may need to install a new speed sensor or a completely new speedometer.


For all your automotive problems, including a faulty or inaccurate speedometer, please take your car to Brazzeal Automotive today. Give us a call at (813) 285-7078 if you have any questions or concerns.

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