Is the speedometer cable mechanical or electronic

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Is the speedometer cable mechanical or electronic

Post by GrimReaper86 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:12 pm

Ok, I have a 86 1200 Aspencade.  The digital speedometer isn't working.  I've gone thru the posts, the shop manual, clymer and haynes. But, I still don't quite understand the cable. Is the cable from the front wheel mechanical or electronic? At the wheel, the box has a recessed slot which is turned by a blade at the wheel. The blade turns as the wheel is turned. I guess I'm wondering is the box at the end of the cable converting some type of electrical signal? And, can the box be taken apart? Any help would be appreciated. :?

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Re: Is the speedometer cable mechanical or electronic

Post by newday777 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:18 am

Welcome to the forum

Yes it is electronic on your 86A. At the wheel drive box there is a wire going to the speedometer.
Yes the box can be opened. No repair parts available nor are the boxes available new, just used.

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Re: Is the speedometer cable mechanical or electronic

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:08 pm

Test it first.verify the mechanical part is OK.
Verify the volts at the sensor plug.
Then disassemble.Some just have a loose magnet inside.
If it must be replaced,I've heard other Hondas use the same part.
Site searching will yield enough information to get you through this procedure.

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