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serenade's avatar

How is it possible that a trip odometer is 62k miles and the regular odometer is 38k miles?

Asked by serenade (3779 points ) May 10th, 2012 from iPhone

This is on a 2005 Ford Ranger, and it’s a digital odometer. We’re sure it’s not an odometer that has flipped (i.e. that it’s really 138k).

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WestRiverrat's avatar

This sounds like a question for Car talk.
I don’t really have an answer.

thorninmud's avatar

This has one of those odometer displays where you toggle between trip and regular odometer readouts in the same little LCD window, right? Could it be that the trip readout has a decimal digit at the end, while the regular odometer readout doesn’t? That’s pretty common.

tacres's avatar

Tires that are not the original size & profile may affect that. I know it can throw off your speedometer.

LuckyGuy's avatar

At 76,000 miles someone last set the trip odometer. It is not unlikely to have 138,000 miles on a 2005 vehicle.

serenade's avatar

@thorninmud, it’s actually the other way around, but I thought about that when I double checked.

JLeslie's avatar

It can’t, not unless someone unhooked the odometer, or it had stopped working, and they drove a long time with it not catching miles driven. Although, since it is digital you would think the whole thing would break down together? If one stopped the other would stop. But, I don’t know about that technology, maybe it is two separate gadgets recording the miles?

missingbite's avatar

Are you positive the trip is not 6254.9 or something like that?

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