92 Honda Prelude Type S -- speedometer goes dead intermittently

Discussion in 'Prelude' started by Russ, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Russ

    Russ Guest

    Hello folks,

    I have an unusual problem with my Prelude. When I start my car during
    winter (I live in Toronto, Canada) and drive my car in the highway, the
    speedometer goes dead and goes down to 0. I warm up my car for about a
    minute or so before driving. In addition, this problem only happens when I
    drive on the highway and it doesn't happen when the engine is warm. During
    the course of driving and the speedometer is dead, the engine yellow light
    on my dash goes on until I turn off my engine and restart it again, then it
    goes away. It is a very intermittent problem. My tachometer works fine,
    however. I really dont know much on cars so I really dont know where to
    start. Does anyone might have an idea on what the problem is?

    Russ, Apr 3, 2004
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    Randolph Guest

    The '92 Prelude used a conventional speedometer cable from the tranny to
    the instrument cluster, and an electronic VSS (Vehicle Speed Sensor)
    mounted behind the speedometer. I am not sure if the speedometer is
    mechanical or electronic, but from the parts drawing at
    http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com it looks like it is mechanical. If
    this is the case, you probably have a problem with the drive gears in
    either end of the speedometer cable (or perhaps the cable is binding and
    just needs lubrication).

    If the speedometer is electronic, I would suspect the VSS in addition to
    the cable and drive gears.

    The ECU needs to know the speed of the car, so if it does not get a
    valid speed signal it will turn on the MIL (engine yellow light).
    Randolph, Apr 3, 2004
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    ranjiv Guest

    i had the same problem with my 95 accord, i had to replace the "chip" in the
    instrument cluster that controls the speedo. had a hard time finding an
    instrument cluster to get the part. however, perservered and found one for
    $50 CAD at a junk yard.

    ps-you don't need to change the whole instrument cluster, since the odometer
    reading would not be "true", just the chip. once you get to the cluster you
    will see what i mean. but getting there is probably the hardest part (lots
    of hidden screws everywhere). good luck

    ranjiv, Apr 3, 2004
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