Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Mileage correction Dash repairs and Diagnostics

Mileage correction - Reasons why.

Modern cars have electronic dashboards with digital odometer displays. The car manufacturers use these because they are cheaper to produce than a mechanical dashboard and easier to fit into the car as there is no mechanical speedometer cable. This new technology has its own problems though. Electrical pulses in the cars wiring can cause the dashboard data, which is stored internally on an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory), to become corrupted

This corruption could happen for a number of reasons:

. the vehicle battery was discharged and the vehicle had been jump started
. the dashboard may develop an electrical fault
. the dashboard may be damaged in a collision or through vandalism.

In these examples, the corruption of the information held in the EEPROM may mean that the mileage displayed on the speedo is now incorrect.

Mileage correction may also be necessary where a cluster replacement is required, either new or second hand. If it's a new one it will have zero miles on it. If it's a second hand one the mileage displayed is also likely to be different to the original thus requiring correction.


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