Unidentified rattling object...

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Apr 01, 1990

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a 1983 Buick LeSabre with a little less than 55,000 miles on it. A white object has partially covered the odometer and I cannot read the mileage. I have checked with our mechanic. He has no explanation for it and doesn't know how to fix it. Can you help me?

TOM: It's a good thing we don't print last names, Byron, or you'd have every used-car dealer in the country calling you trying to find out how to do this.

RAY: Actually, the explanation is very simple. There are pieces of plastic that act as deflectors for the lights inside the instrument cluster. One of them has fallen down and blocked the odometer.

TOM: You have to get it fixed, Byron. How else are you going to keep track of your mileage for oil changes and service? You'll be carving notches in the dashboard like Robinson Crusoe! Have a mechanic take the dashboard apart, remove the speedometer head, and get rid of the plastic. It'll probably cost you about $100.

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