1996 Honda Civic Speedometer working intermittantly

Tiny
RNASH9
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  • 1996 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 75,000 MILES
I just noticed my speedometer sometimes does not work when I first start driving but will often start working after a few miles. Is this the speed sensor, cable or the actual speedometer gauge unit? Yes, 14 year old car with 75k miles.
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Friday, May 21st, 2010 AT 6:13 PM

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Tiny
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Hi rnash9,

It most likely is the Vehicle Speed Sensor located on top of the trans axle housing below the thermostat housing.
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Friday, May 28th, 2010 AT 10:11 AM
Tiny
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Thank you, I don't want to have to replace all three items, but a failed speed sensor after 75k miles? I thought they lasted longer but it isn't too expensive to replace it. Thankls again for the reply.
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Friday, May 28th, 2010 AT 11:59 AM
Tiny
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The VSS is an electronic component and it can fail anytime, not by the mileage but the age.
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Friday, May 28th, 2010 AT 12:26 PM

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