oodometer fraud, where do you report it?
I believe my odometer has been tampered with. I need to know how to check this and who to report it to.
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what are the laws on odometer tampering etc.? My odometer has stopped turning and I was planning on getting it fixed, but I'd heard somewhere that that was illegal. I'm in CA if it makes any difference.
there is supposed to be a little horizontal bar that drops across the top of the odometer wheels in a mechanical unit since the 1970s to signal odometer tampering. all the used car guys have that one figured out by now, it's alleged to be no worse to do than lockpicking. have no personal knowledge of the technique and wouldn't print it if I had. the electronic indicator modules probably just fail dark.
these days, "repair" is putting in a new wheels unit, of course, they are plastic and not dissected and tweaked any more. lots of failures are related to the Bowden cable that drives the odometer wheels, and those are easily fixed by either snapping the cable back on, replacing the pinion gear in the tranny that drives the other end, or replacing the cable.
ain't second-guessing lawyers fun?