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I have an 08 kia spectra speedometer not working bought a

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Customer: i have an 08 kia spectra speedometer not working bought a new speed sensor same effect after i made a 1400 mile trip to cali and back to texas it started malfunctioning. changed the speed sensor same effect work in cool temp and stop as soon as the dash reached warm temp now its just plain dead. can you help. i was told it was a wiring harness malfunctions
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: all other needles on instrument cluster work except speedometer. something interrupts that specific wire
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Kia
Expert:  Cardoctor71 replied 1 year ago.

Most likely the problem is an internal issue in the speedometer head, the instrument cluster will most likely have to be replaced. Please RATE my service a 3 or above, if for some reason you can not, Please ASK another question, I will continue to answer your questions, even after rating is given, until you are completely satisfied with my answers.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Already tried another cluster worked for a day and also died
Expert:  Cardoctor71 replied 1 year ago.

This would be normal if you failed to flash the computer to reprogram the vin # ***** the 2nd cluster, so that the computer would recognize it electronically, other wise the anti theft system will trigger and shut the vehicle down because the computer thinks the vehicle is being stolen.