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I have a 1992 toyota 2wd pickup with an older model carburetor transmission. i can't get the speedometer to work. my understanding is the fuel injection works with a speed sensor and the older model works with a gear and cable. what do i have to do to make it work? it is a 4 cyl.

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  • twbrady02 Aug 31, 2010

    it's a 5sp transmission, are the gears different inside the rear housing of the transmission?

  • twbrady02 Sep 01, 2010

    is it possible to match the tail shaft gear with the gear on the speed sensor? can you take the gear off of a speedometer cable (if i find the one that matches the tranny) and apply it to the end of the speed sensor?

  • twbrady02 Sep 02, 2010

    my truck doesn't have a speedometer cable. it has a vehicle speed sensor with 3 wires plugged into it with the wires going to the computer. i have found out that my 92 efi model has a 87model transmission from a carburetored truck. how do i match the speedometer drive gear on the output shaft, inside of the extension housing, of the transmission with the vehicle speed sensor gear?

  • twbrady02 Sep 03, 2010

    yes it's a 5sp. it's a 92 model with a 87 model transmission from a carburetored motor. it is about 3 to 4 inches longer then the original transmission. i believe both are the w series. Will the speed drive gear inside the extension housing on the output shaft of the tranny need to be changed so it will match the gear on the end of the speed sensor? Or can i change the speed sensor gear to match the speed drive gear in the transmission? Also did toyota put the same speed drive gear in all the w series transmissions?

  • twbrady02 Sep 03, 2010

    can someone read my question and all my comments and understand what i need? i need to know how to match the speed drive gear(inside the 1987 5sp.transmission) with the gear on the end of the 1992 speed sensor?

  • twbrady02 Sep 05, 2010

    can anyone tell me is it possible to change the gear on the end of the speed sensor on a cableless 1992 5sp tranny? also can i change the gear on the end of the tail shaft inside the 1987 5sp tranny to match the speed sensor gear?

  • twbrady02 Sep 07, 2010

    the tail extension housing has been replaced to the 92 model, but i'm not for sure if the gears line up or are wrong to meet the gear on the end of the speed sensor. what should i do?

  • twbrady02 Sep 09, 2010

    the tail extension housing has been replaced to accept the sensor but it seems the gears aren't the same or aren't lining up. so do i need to change the gear on the sensor or the tail shaft inside the housing?

  • twbrady02 Sep 10, 2010

    anymore advice? thanks

  • twbrady02 Sep 14, 2010

    i tested the sensor and have 12volts to it. i jacked the truck up and put a drill on the sensor gear and the speedo read 20mph, so i know its working. the speed gear inside the transmission housing isnt lining up correctly but i could slide it on the tail shaft with my fingers. how's its suppose to be locked down on the shaft where it wont spin freely unless the drive shaft turns?

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Yes the speedo is electronic, if u need a sensor the transmission (automatic) would not shift into overdrive (u don't say auto or manual trans), in any event the speed sensor is located on the side of the transmission, see the picture of the sensor below.


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No you can't do that - the casing of the transmission is different and can't be adapted to accept the electronic sensor. The entire transmission must be replaced. Or, if you have a good and very cheap mechanic, you can recover the correct casing from a junkyard and install in it the gears from your present transmission.

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Hi! Yours work by a speedometer cable. The speedometer cable is attached to the transmission. You will need to replace this for it to work. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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    Hi! Hows it going?

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Hi , to be honest i have never heard of a speedo working on a fuel injection system, they normally run on sensors from the transmission and wheels, if you have the older type transmission, the one that requires a cable, the easiest way to overcome not having a speedo would be to change out your clocks for the old cable type, this will also depend on whether the plugs for the illuminations on the clocks you have at present will fit the sockets for the older type clocks, you may also have other sensors that run through the clocks you have , like the rpm counter, fuel gauge, temp gauge these will all have to be looked at as well, so it might not be a simple case of swapping one for the other.....hope this helps please rate and vote thanks

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    steve morris Sep 10, 2010

    you will have to change the sensor, otherwise to change out the one in the transmission , you will have allot of things to take apart to do it

  • steve morris
    steve morris Sep 14, 2010

    what is the model of your pick up? ie is it a sequoia ? 4runner? what is the engine size? i might be able to match the speed sensor to the transmission for you?

  • twbrady02 Sep 15, 2010

    it's a 92 4cyl 5sp 2wd pickup. the speed gear inside the tranny is metal with two metal clips one on each side, is that correct? the gear on the speed sensor is made of plastic and has a circumference of 1.1 inches is that correct? thanks.

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    steve morris Sep 15, 2010

    hi no this is not right, the speed sensor should have a small tube type thing with a cross section cut out so it can fit on the metal clips bear with me and i will try find a picture of the speed sensor that you should have, i did find some the other night but did not have the extra information, but yes you can get them i will forward the site link for you ok..

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    steve morris Sep 15, 2010

    ok i have found a site that has an abundance of toyota parts including speed sensors, is there any chance that you could get a photo of the inside, or just take a photo of the speed sensor you have and email it to me at.. s.e.morris@hotmail.co.uk either one but preferably the one in the transmission..thanks, by the way here is the link to that site, you might be able to spot the one on there for your vehicle if you do get back to me ok thanks just click this linkhttp://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframec...

  • twbrady02 Sep 16, 2010

    ok i'll look it up and get back to you. thanks.

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Take the cable off the drive on the gearbox end and with vehicle jacked up get assistant to put in gear and check the drive turns ,then you will know if its a cable or the plastic gear in the gearbox gone ,simple

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You will need to replace the dash with the older one and inquire about getting the transmission speedo cable and gear fit for that vehicle.
After this transplant I am sure you no longer have a valid ECU working in the vehicle which brings up another problem....how doers the vehicle legally pass an emmisions inspection if your State requires one?

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  • JOHN DAVIDSON Aug 31, 2010

    You may need to consult a large wrecking yard for this advice and for the parts needed to make the switch as they have books that tell them about all the abortions and interchanges on all makes tyears and model vehicles.

    I try not to built something different from its stock gender as the parts and theories can get pretty tough.

  • twbrady02 Aug 31, 2010

    i just bought this truck last week and trying to get it working. i believe this is a w style transmission but it came off of a carburetor model truck maybe an 87, or 88. is it possible to change the end of the speed sensor to match the threads on the end of the transmission? or will i possibly need to change the threaded end inside the transmission?

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Sep 01, 2010

    As I said before this is quite an abortion with all these old to new parts going back and forth...I don't deal with this stuff as a rule as it only ties up my shop with never a grand finale, just too many hours spent on chasing the tail so to speak, in New York this vehicle would not be allowed on the road as it would not pass emmisions.

    But I hope you find the answere like I said ask the wrecking yards these questions it is not something anyone would know off the top of there hat.

    Good luck.

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Sep 02, 2010

    This is not a standard question to ask..... this is for someone to answer who has done this type of swapping parts before, I do not.

    Good Luck.

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Sep 09, 2010

    Please take this up with someone who handles these swaps, as i donot..... working on "stock" vehicles is my only forte, been burned too harsh on these types of swaps, as well as having to worry about the emmisions systems working after the jobs done...too much to play with, not enough time to devote on this sort of thing, try a wrecking yard as I stated once a long while ago before to you... they would seem to have the info. you are looking for.

    Good Luck.

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Good Evening, I can't help but think you're driving down the road gauging how fast you are going by the cars next to you. It is a common occurence for the speedometer head unit itself to become non functional, it tends to make a little whirring noise or just plain go out. I would recommend trying to take out the cluster and checking out the connection on the back, also if you are friends with any of your local salvage yards they might let you try another one out in their parking lot if they have one off to verify it is or is not the problem ( I do this all the time with some things that don't do what they are supposed to even after testing the parts). I hope this helps and if you need any mroe assistance please feel free to let me know.
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