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tygertec 09-18-2009 12:51 PM

Wanted (Alive): Aftermarket vehicle speed sensor (VSS)
Brief history: I was using the VSS signal from my combination meter with the MPGuino but this had its drawbacks; with the ignition switch off, the combo meter shuts off as well, and that means the 'Guino thinks I'm going 0MPH. Not a huge issue though.

However, since I apparently fried my VSS sensor when I accidentally shorted it to the battery:eek:, I'm exploring my options.:D

I'm interested in finding an inexpensive 'always on' speed sensor, perhaps one similar to those used on bicycles. Do they exist? Could I use one meant for a bicycle and just dial in the VSS PPMs?

I tried searching the net but nothing's turned up so far. I think I just don't know where to look.


nickdigger 09-18-2009 06:07 PM

You'd have trouble with a bike speedo. Those things need the magnet mounted super-close to the pickup sensor on the fork. That works ok for a bike, but cars' suspensions take a much harder beating even on the simplest drive, that you'll surely lose or break it. You never ride a bike that hard because you'd drive the seatpost up your own ass.

That's my guess. I've never tried it. (the speedo, nor the seatpost)

tygertec 09-19-2009 11:57 AM

Point taken.

Does anyone know where I can get a simple/cheap one made for cars?


dcb 09-19-2009 12:18 PM

The bike thing works, just kinda noisy (magnetic reed switch).

junkyard/autozone hall sensor (vss or crank position sensors), near a magnet strapped on the transmission output hub (with something on the opposite side for balance) would make the basis for a solid vss signal, though I wouldn't run it constantly even with the key removed.

A a kill switch is the typical way of dealing with issues relating to turning the key back. If the kill switch is a well positioned microswitch mounted on the stick shift then it becomes a very "natural" part of your driving style.

ECONORAM 03-27-2010 11:28 AM

I might try this if I cannot find the VSS signal on my truck. A hall sensor looks pretty pricey ($75) at Autozone. The magnetic reed switch is $2. Either way some magnets need to get strapped on the drivetrain. Either should work with an MPGuino, correct?

dcb 03-27-2010 11:58 AM

reed switch switching 12 volts would work,

hall switch might need adapting since they are typically 5 volts.

ECONORAM 03-28-2010 01:18 AM

Okay, I did some searching. Will one of these reed switches listed work? (Look below the foot switches).
How exactly does this work, does the switch send a signal everytime the magnet passes?

Will the signal from an ABS speed sensor work for the MPGuino?

dcb 03-28-2010 07:31 AM

dunno, I was thinking of the bicycle computer type.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the speed signal is really sort of optional, your car already has speed and distance instrumentation built in. It takes a little mental exercise, but being able to keep track of your odo and being able to divide the indicated speed or distance traveled by the fuel consumption rate or fuel used, in your head, is something a lot of folks can learn to do. The thing cars don't usually have, except at fillup, is fuel consumption feedback, and the guino gives you both instantaneous gph and accumulated fuel used.

So one should weigh their ability to compensate for non-integrated speed signal with their ability to sort out an integrated speed signal. If that makes any sense.

Also from a "beat your high score" perspective, there are a couple strategies to simplify things.

if your commute is largely point A to point B, then check the fuel used on the "current" screen, and see if you are using more or less fuel to get to and from
work, and try different strategies and/or routes to see if you can get there with less fuel.

If you put the gph in the numerator, then it may be simpler to do the math, i.e. 10mph/.5gph = 20mpg, but it is a lot easier to do (IMHO) .5gph/10mph = .05 Gal/Mi and just try to beat your low score in that case.

ECONORAM 03-31-2010 12:25 AM

Thanks dcb, I did not think of it like that. If I read the gal/hr and divide it into mph, I'll get mpg! If I can do the math that fast.
I am thinking about mounting some sort of optical sensor to read the driveshaft rotations. I might try a small variation on this: Not ideal, but I think with the right positioning it might work. If I can shoot the light beam to get interrupted by the yoke turning right behind the transmission...

mikeross 07-20-2010 10:23 PM


Originally Posted by ECONORAM (Post 168011)
Will the signal from an ABS speed sensor work for the MPGuino?

I want to know about this too. Any inputs? Thanks. I have been thinking about this but I was pretty unsure of the answer.

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