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Old 11 Jul 2008, 05:01 am
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Default 1997 Honda Accord Help?

I have a 97 accord ex with a v6 and it runs fine but all of a sudden the tachometer goes all over place. I just bought the car so if any body has an idea let me know. she runs great but this just happened.
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Old 11 Jul 2008, 05:16 am
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The tachometer gets its signal from the distributor. It could be a bad signal but my guess is some loose or dirty connectors to the guage package. It takes a little bit to get to it but you may need to replace some bulbs in the cluster anyway. Remove the center console, then remove the bezel from around the radio, then remove the two screws holding the front bezel from below the AC / heater controls - that's the hard part. Next remove the screws up under the dash lip and then there are two screws behind the switches on the left and right side of the steering wheel. You can now pull the whole bezel off, disconnecting the switches as you can reach them.Now the guage cluster can be reached and its 4 screws holding it. once removed, clean all contacts with a electrical contact cleaner (radio shack) and reassemble. This cleaning will also save future issues with the fuel guage going wacky and the speedo acting weird.
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Old 11 Jul 2008, 05:31 am
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It very well may be the distributor. I had the same initial symptoms and had to have the whole assembly replaced at about 500 bucks. Good luck - these cars are worth it.
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