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Old 19 Jan 2013, 11:21 am
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Default Speedometer needle bounces on cold start up

2002 PT Cruiser Limited, auto with high mileage. For a long time my wife's Cruiser has had this problem. When you first start the engine, the speedometer needle bounces and it adds miles onto the trip meter. All of this without ever putting the car in gear. The engine will also rev up and down on its own and when the engine revs up, the speedo pegs the max even without the car being put into gear.
It only does this for the first few seconds after start up. Once you put it in gear, the problem seems to disapear.
No engine code either
Any thoughts
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Old 19 Jan 2013, 11:29 am
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Default Re: Speedometer needle bounces on cold start up

Check the battery and the whole charging system plus look at all your wires and cables to make sure there's no corrosion on the cable ends. A weak battery plays havoc on the electrics.
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Old 19 Jan 2013, 12:22 pm
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Default Re: Speedometer needle bounces on cold start up

Thanks for the response.
It has a new battery (3 months old) and this battery change had no effect on the start up issue. I will double check the wiring and make sure the ground wires are good. I will give you an update if this helps or not.
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