1998 Ford Escort ZX2

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I have a 98 Ford ZX2. I was on the expressway today and I looked at my speedometer to see how fast I was going, and to my surprise I wasn't moving at all. My speedometer was at 0. When I exited the expressway and came to a stop, my speedometer started working. Later on in the day, I got back on the expressway and after a couple miles my speedometer thought that it was a windshield wiper. It kept bouncing back and forth between 0 and 70. Eventually it got tired and would only bounce between 0 and 30. My "service engine soon" light came on and I started to get nervous. It's very wet outside and I was driving through puddles all day. I was wondering, is it likely that a sensor, or something connected to the computer, got wet and caused these malfunctions? Or is it likely that something major is wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

James

posted by  jbeaufait

1. Your check engine light is on for a reason, it's trying to tell you something. Pull codes as a starting point.

2. Yes, it may be a VSS, or... it might be a bad instrument cluster, or... it could be a combination of many things. There is a starting point for diagnostics. For that point see #1.

posted by  vwhobo

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