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Old 02-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #105
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Originally Posted by Tiger-Heli View Post
Not sure my car has a low brake fluid warning light, but I'm near the 50-year-old mark - maturity is debatable.

I'm not sure what's involved in the new cars with digital odometers, but I replaced the speedo in my old 1979 Mustang and matched the odometer by using a screwdriver to move the wheels to what the existing mileage was. By your logic, owning a screwdriver was illegal. I say the law may say that, but it is not fully enforceable. (And I suspect the same tools for setting a new cluster are the same tools for re-programming a used cluster - but I could be wrong there.)

Personally, I just bought an Ultra-Gauge and was done with it ...
A specialty tool specifically designed for odometer tampering is what's illegal. Nearly every mfr has an electronic shop tool designed to set a new cluster to match the odometer reading of an old cluster but they can't reset or lower mileage on a used speedo. These tools are legal and used to facilitate in legitimate repair. The mfrs generally use memory chips that are hard to roll back, but the aftermarket invariably finds hacks thru the use of newer teechologies within a couple years. The 2" mini C-clamp or screwdriver used to drive a pin out of a legacy mechanical speedo is not considered a specialty tamper tool and it's quite tough to say whether it's being done for repair or tamper. Nobody is claiming that these federal laws are easy to enforce. There are hundreds of illegal tools sold on fleabay and the federal government has better things to do.
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