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I have an 89 Prelude Si 2.0 the speedo has quit working. I would love to install an new cable, but I can't even find where it comes out of the trans or goes into the firewall Can you help?

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  • jim642 Jul 23, 2008

    all is well, found out that it is an all electronic unit. No Cable



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The speedo cable on the 89 prelude is a 2 piece unit. One part originates at the transmission, from the speed sensor unit or something like that. This part mates with the other half midway along the rear side of the valve cover. The second half winds its way to and through the firewall on the drivers side and comes into the cabin just above the clutch pedal or where it would be if an automatic. Here it snakes up and clips onto the back of the gauge cluster. The part that goes into the cabin is easy to disconnect from the cluster but a pain to work out of the firewall. The first half can be a real pain to get the securing clip off the speed sensor to release it. The Chilton's manual does a good job of representing this. Hope this helped.

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The speedo cable on the 89 prelude is a 2 piece unit. One part originates at the transmission, from the speed sensor unit or something like that. This part mates with the other half midway along the rear side of the valve cover. The second half winds its way to and through the firewall on the drivers side and comes into the cabin just above the clutch pedal or where it would be if an automatic. Here it snakes up and clips onto the back of the gauge cluster. The part that goes into the cabin is easy to disconnect from the cluster but a pain to work out of the firewall. The first half can be a real pain to get the securing clip off the speed sensor to release it. The Chilton's manual does a good job of representing this. Hope this helped.

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On this model the cable will run under the dash, along the console and down to the top of the transmission. You should be able to see it if you remove the top fo the center console.

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