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Mileage Corrections – odometer readings

Mileage Correction

The way mileage corrections are done has changed lots over the years as digital vehicle management has been implemented by most manufacturers.

Mileage Corrections across the Uk

About Mileage Correction

Mileage corrections will be necessary whenever sensitive EEPROM digital data mileage displays are affected by any number of intermittent, disruptive forces or actions, including:

Electrical Faults… which can arise from an internal electrical malfunction, blown light bulbs / LEDs / fuses or problems with onboard electronic / communication gadgets. The source of some faults can be found within the dashboard itself, the vehicle’s wiring loom or when a component unit or mileage sensor becomes faulty.

A Discharged Battery… requiring a high-current, jump-start. Sudden surges of electricity are produced, which are known to corrupt or erase stored digital data within the EEPROM. Even just the action of disconnecting and reconnecting a vehicle’s battery can cause an electronic fault to affect digital odometer displays.

Instrument Cluster Repair Or Replacement…requiring readout calibration and a mileage correction where either a new unit displays zero mileage display or a used cluster still shows recorded miles from a previous vehicle. The same process may also be applied to when the speedometer has failed and is replaced with a new or second hand unit.

Physical Damage…which has taken place because an attempt has been made to break into a vehicle, activating one or more electronic security systems, directly connected to the car’s main wiring / ignition and other electrical circuits. Deliberate vandalism to exterior lighting units will also set off car alarms and trigger possible electrical disruption.


Changing Car And Driver Dynamics.

From the first Antilock brake systems (ABS), introduced in the 1970s and the development of new car sensor technologies from the 1980s onwards, the digital age continues to revolutionise both mileage, driving control systems and change attitudes towards mileage and advanced vehicle management.

The analogue / mechanical world has evolved into a new virtual order, led by computerised digital information delivery, mileage and feedback.  At the heart of new generation technologies is M2M (machine to machine) communications and fast changing car / driver dynamics.

Digital dashboard data, odometers and car computer management systems have advanced their dominion of power from the mechanic’s hands beneath the bonnet to the driver’s fingers on the steering wheel.

The Digital Dashboard

The replacement of the analogue, mechanical dashboard with today’s sensor-smart, digital dashboard has brought more than a new dimension to the relationship between car and driver.

Crucial data relating to the ongoing status and mileage of a car’s key operating systems is now stored on an Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory (EEPROM), including traditional main information feedback on vehicle speed, fuel, water temperature and mileage reading.  Other categories of technical data, such as the Vehicle Identity Number (VIN), are also stored in the memory of a digital dashboard.

Finely tuned and micro chip sensitive to its operating environment, unexpected mileage glitches can be the result of constant electrical fluctuations arising from within the car’s operating environment. The dashboard’s EEPROM microchip circuits can become corrupted in response to interruptions from an erratic stream of incoming electrical data.

Consequently, EEPROM mileage data can be digitally erased affecting the ability of dashboard readouts to reliably display the correct information, including accurate vehicle mileage


Appropriate And Legal

Mileage corrections or adjustments are, undoubtedly, of key concern where displayed values no longer reflect a true record of distance traveled and will need to be addressed by appropriate remedial action. The history of odometer readings has been fraught with reputation issues despite the process being perfectly legal and compliant with the requirements of always displaying a genuine record of vehicle miles.

A legal implication will arise if the mileage has been altered for any reason and information concerning the changes is not correctly documented and supplied in full when the vehicle changes ownership, either in a private sale, public auction or via a car dealer.


Professional Mileage Correction

Twenty-first century digital technologies are now responsible for designing, building and managing vehicles on the road. Today’s car diagnostics are M2M interfaces between computer software programs and the onboard EEPROM microchip mile control system.

Difficult and delicate mileage corrections should only be undertaken by technically trained and skilled professionals using correctly specified, high-end digital equipment. Each different vehicle model and make requires its own diagnostic evaluation and dedicated values and settings to successfully complete a complex mileage corrections process.