Why Is My Digital Odometer Not Working?

Have you ever been driving along and noticed that your digital odometer has stopped working? This can be a frustrating experience, especially if you don’t know why it’s not working. Let’s explore the possible reasons why your digital odometer may have stopped working and what you can do to fix it.

Why Is My Digital Odometer Not Working

What Could Cause My Digital Odometer Not to Work?

Digital odometers are common in vehicles, but can sometimes stop working. There are a few reasons for this, but the most common is that the meter needs to be calibrated.

Other problems can include depression of the Odometer switch or corrosion on the contacts inside the odometer. If your digital odometer doesn’t seem to be working correctly, there are several things you can do to try and fix it.

How to Check If Your Digital Odometer is Working Properly

If your digital odometer is not working properly, you may be able to troubleshoot the issue by following these steps:

  1. Check that the odometer cable is plugged into the receiver and vehicle’s electrical system correctly.
  2. Verify that there is power to the unit by turning it on and checking for an LED light indicator on the front panel or a blinking clock in the computer screen.
  3. If all of these steps fail to correct the problem, then inspect or replace any cables or connectors near or inside the digital odometer receiver unit.

Why Is My Digital Odometer Not Working

Troubleshooting Tips for a Non-working Digital Odometer

If your odometer doesn’t work, it can be frustrating to figure out why. Here are some tips for troubleshooting a non-working digital odometer.

  1. Make sure the car is hooked up to an electrical outlet and that the battery is properly charged.
  2. Try disconnecting any other devices in the car, like headlights, radios or climate controls, before checking the odometer.
  3. Check if there was a recent software update that could have affected the odometer’s functionality. Some manufacturers release updates periodically that can affect how digital odometers function.
  4. ” If all of these solutions fail to fix your problem, it might be necessary to replace your Odometer Unit altogether.
  5. If you are experiencing problems with your odometer after a car repair, it is often best to take your car to a mechanic who is experienced in repairing digital odometers.

Check the Car’s Fuse Box

If your digital odometer isn’t working, there are a few things you can check to see if the problem is with the odometer itself or with the car’s electrical system. First, make sure that the car’s fuse box is properly installed and operational. If the fuse box is not working, the problem may be with the odometer. If the odometer is not functioning properly, it may need to be replaced.

Check the Digital Odometer’s Connection

There are several potential causes for this issue, including a bad odometer cable, failed internal electronics, and broken connections between the odometer and your car’s electrical system.

If your car’s digital odometer is not working at all or only sporadically, begin by checking the connections between the device and the car. If there are no obvious issues with these components, you may need to replace your digital odometer’s internal electronics.

Check for A Software Update

When a digital odometer fails to work, it may be due to a number of factors. Common problems include incorrect wiring or damaged hardware. In some cases, however, the odometer may simply need updating. Checking for updates is easy and can often fix odometer issues without any additional repairs.

To check for an update:

  1. Access the “Settings” menu on your car’s dashboard (or, in some cases, on the gearshift).
  2. Choose “General.”
  3. Select “Software Update.” If there are available updates, your car will guide you through the installation process.
  4. Odometers that do not work should also automatically receive an update if they’re connected to the appropriate electrical system. However, if your odometer is not connected to the car’s electrical system, you will need to check with your car manufacturer for instructions on how to update it.
  5. If your odometer is not connected to the car’s electrical system, you can also update it by following these steps:
  6. Disconnect the battery cable from the odometer.
  7. Remove the screws that secure the odometer to the car’s chassis.
  8. Lift the odometer off of the chassis.
  9. Connect the wires to the new odometer, and replace the screws.
  10. Replace the odometer on the chassis and tighten the screws.

Why Is My Digital Odometer Not Working

How Do I Reset My Digital Odometer?

If your odometer is failing or just old, it may not be reading correctly and could be causing problems with your car’s performance. There are a few different methods to replace or fix an odometer; see the “Replacing Your Old or Failed Digital Odometer” subsection below for more information. In the meantime, you can reset yours by following these steps:

  1. Turn off your car and remove all of the cables connecting it to the dashboard.
  2. Remove the cover on the gearshift where you change gears (see picture below). This cover is held in place by 3 screws.
  3. On one side of this gearshift cover, there is a switch that turns power to the odometer (shown in green in the picture).
  4. On the other side of this gearshift cover is a black box (shown in orange in the picture). This black box has several connectors, one of which is labeled “ODOMETER.”
  5. Disconnect the connector from the odometer.
  6. Gently pull out on and disconnect the wires from the odometer. Be careful not to break any resistors. If you need help, there are pictures and instructions online.


In conclusion, if your digital odometer doesn’t seem to be working correctly, it likely has a faulty sensor. If the malfunction is intermittent or only occurs on long trips, it might be that there is simply interference from other electronics in the car affecting the odometer reading. In either case, resolving the issue will typically require replacing the sensor.

There are several reasons why your digital odometer might not be working. It could be a problem with the batteries, the fuse, the wiring, or even the odometer itself. By troubleshooting the problem and ruling out each potential cause, you should be able to find and fix the issue. If all else fails, you may need to replace your digital odometer with a new one.