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Speedodometer I have a 1996 civic 5 speed. My speedometer stays on 20 mph and just shakes. Sometimes it will work. The cruise control works fine. What should I try first and where do I look.

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Check to see if u have a vss this is vehical speed sensor. if not check ur cables or u have a bad worm gear in the trans....speed o head possible

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