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WHEN YO TURN ON THE CAR THE SPEED ODOMETER NEEDLE GOES TO 20 MPH AND I'M NOT MOVING.

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Try checking the ecu for fault codes! i had this problem wit my 91 vti civic and had to get my ecu remapped!

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You will need to remove the speedometer and have it repaired, it is electronic.

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