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HELP - Speedometer in Mother's 1999 Accord Not Working

Just replaced the starter in my elderly mother's car. That went easy enough albeit longer than expected due to bad new part needing to be taken back to be replaced. Car started fine, reset the alarm code, it ran fine during testing (but I didn't look at the speedometer then), mother drove it to church today and apparently now the speedometer doesn't work. It'll move up to below the 0mph mark at startup but won't move beyond that no matter what the speed.

BUT.. (and here's where it gets puzzling). the odometer works fine, the trip meters work fine, the cruise control works fine, all the dash lights work, there are no check engine or error codes showing, the D3 & D4 lights don't blink indicating a problem, the car shifts smoothly at a variety of speeds (auto trans) and so far (tho I haven't pulled all of them yet to eyeball each one of them) the majority of fuses are fine. It does not seem to fit a VSS problem from all I've researched. Other than the speedometer not moving, it has no indications that there are any problems at all.

Does anyone have any ideas of what it could be?? Many thanks to anyone that can help her safely get back out on the road!

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  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    I have the same problem on my 1998 Honda Civic. No light indicating of anything wrong. Everything working fine, just the speedometer doesn't move. My brother think it the speed sensor(not sure). Those cost between 100.00 -140.00. Some auto parts place suggested maybe replacing the cluster. Please help with any suggestion.


  • infossd Nov 30, 2008

    Problem solved.

    Contrary to what the local dealership suggested (to the tune of close to $400 for just the part) the cluster did NOT need replacing. Apparently... tho I have no idea how it id it, the needle somehow slipped below the bottom pin that's located right below the 0mph mark. Usually the needle rests above the pin but since it'd gotten below it, every time the car started the needle would only be able to move to the underside of that pin and couldn't rise above it to show the speed. I was only able to see the problem due to the sun at one point shining on the display at a certain angle that clearly showed how the needle was butting up against the pin. Without the sun, the pin was pretty near invisible and it just looked like the needle wasn't working correctly.

    Pretty simple to fix. Followed directions on how to pull the cluster out and unscrewed enough to get to the needle and just repositioned it back to its proper place. Put everything back together and voila! Works perfectly now. Makes you wonder just how many other clusters out there didn't really need to be replaced due to a similar problem.


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I replaced several guage clusters in my days as a honda dealer tech due to this same failure. They can get pricy and they also have to be coded to show your same odometer reading.

good luck!

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I have exactly the same problem with my 1999 civic dx. any idea.. please TELL ! its getting frustrating

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