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Old 07-05-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Speedometer error? warning?

Well, a lot of people have talked about the cops pulling them over to look at their car....well the State Trooper pulled me over to issue a speeding ticket.....

I knew I was speeding, but didn't realize I was going as fast as he said I was. I had the cruise set at 63 in a 55....well he clocked me at 67..

After he issued me the ticket I asked him to go in front of me and maintain a 55mph speed. He did so and my cruise was between 51 and 52....

I know I was speeding, but I thought I was at a speed at which I could get away with it, or slow down fast enough to avoid a ticket. 8mph is normally ok, twelve is not....

I will be seeing if my dealer can recalibrate my speedo to the right speed. Not a big deal, I was wrong, but if any one else pushes the "acceptable" Over the limit like me.....be warned.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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hmm..that's interesting..If anyone has a GPS people can do some test if the GPS shows MPH
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Well, a lot of people have talked about the cops pulling them over to look at their car....well the State Trooper pulled me over to issue a speeding ticket.....

I knew I was speeding, but didn't realize I was going as fast as he said I was. I had the cruise set at 63 in a 55....well he clocked me at 67..

After he issued me the ticket I asked him to go in front of me and maintain a 55mph speed. He did so and my cruise was between 51 and 52....

I know I was speeding, but I thought I was at a speed at which I could get away with it, or slow down fast enough to avoid a ticket. 8mph is normally ok, twelve is not....

I will be seeing if my dealer can recalibrate my speedo to the right speed. Not a big deal, I was wrong, but if any one else pushes the "acceptable" Over the limit like me.....be warned.
I wonder if the automatics are this off as well. If they are, then that could throw off the 0-60 times people have been doing with stop watches to see if their auto's are really up to par.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:32 PM   #4
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Well, a lot of people have talked about the cops pulling them over to look at their car....well the State Trooper pulled me over to issue a speeding ticket.....

I knew I was speeding, but didn't realize I was going as fast as he said I was. I had the cruise set at 63 in a 55....well he clocked me at 67..

After he issued me the ticket I asked him to go in front of me and maintain a 55mph speed. He did so and my cruise was between 51 and 52....

I know I was speeding, but I thought I was at a speed at which I could get away with it, or slow down fast enough to avoid a ticket. 8mph is normally ok, twelve is not....

I will be seeing if my dealer can recalibrate my speedo to the right speed. Not a big deal, I was wrong, but if any one else pushes the "acceptable" Over the limit like me.....be warned.
Which wheels did you get? I only ask because I've changed wheels on my cars before and it messed up the speedometer.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:38 PM   #5
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Which wheels did you get? I only ask because I've changed wheels on my cars before and it messed up the speedometer.
I have the standard 20's.

But that shouldn't matter. GM has made all the O.D.'s of all three tires sizes the same regardless of which rims you get. That way there is no recalibration due to tires.
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i had this in my monte carlo SS which was a 06. It was three miles per off most of the time. Took it to the dealer and they wont fix it unless its 10% off or more at 55mph plus. But most cops wont pull people over unless they are doing more than 10 over, which you were set about right. Most on average cars are off anywhere from 3-8mph so good luck.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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Which wheels did you get? I only ask because I've changed wheels on my cars before and it messed up the speedometer.
Wheels should make no difference unless the height of the tire changes.

if the tire for example is 24 inches tall, and the wheel is 20.... then you swap out to 22 inch wheels with 24 inch tires.... then your speedometer will not notice any difference. The tires still travel the same distance per revolution.

Now if you were the guy that jumped up to 26 inch wheels, then obviously, the tire will have to be bigger than 26 inches, and then it will travel further per revolution, and faster than your speedometer thinks.
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i had this in my monte carlo SS which was a 06. It was three miles per off most of the time. Took it to the dealer and they wont fix it unless its 10% off or more at 55mph plus. But most cops wont pull people over unless they are doing more than 10 over, which you were set about right. Most on average cars are off anywhere from 3-8mph so good luck.
I've never seen more than 2 mph off on newer cars. I have a radar gun and I know my car is VERY accurate. There's no reason they shouldn't be accurate, it's inexcuseable.
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I have the standard 20's.

But that shouldn't matter. GM has made all the O.D.'s of all three tires sizes the same regardless of which rims you get. That way there is no recalibration due to tires.
Ah....did not know that. Learn something new everyday!
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:46 PM   #10
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The Ky State police are having a targeted enforcement area near my house, this is a portion of the highway where there are many speeders so occationally they step up their patrols and give out lots of speeding tickets. They even post a big sign warning about this titled "Targeted Enforcement Area". They have 3 mobile radar speed signs along the road that tell you your speed. I checked my 2SS RS manual and it was right on the money on every radar display. Not sure why yours would be off, I have the 20" wheel as well.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:47 PM   #11
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I've never seen more than 2 mph off on newer cars. I have a radar gun and I know my car is VERY accurate. There's no reason they shouldn't be accurate, it's inexcuseable.
Typically with bikes, they read faster than what you are going, it's kinda a built in safety feature so the manufacture can't be sued for speeding tickets and insurance rates.

I have never seen it reading slower than what you are actually going.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:49 PM   #12
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One good thing about this is it tells me my speed is actually about 112 to 113 when I shift from 3rd to 4th:seesaw:
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:32 PM   #13
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I'm sorry to see nothings changed in Ohio. Years ago on a trip from N.Y. to L.A. and back the one speeding ticket we got was in Ohio. Here in Ct it would be rare to get a ticket for 10-12 over the limit. Everyone drives at least 10 over the 55 or 65 limit. If you didn't you would be pushed off the highway by the other traffic.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:37 PM   #14
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OH is teh gayness for jerk cops and speeding tickets. Glad to have left that miserable state. 8 tickets in 3 years in OH, 1 ticket in 3 years in NC. Believe me, nothing has changed in my driving habits...
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:38 PM   #15
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caught another issue eh?
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Sounds like an issue that the dealer should fix. As others noted, in newer cars you rarely see more than 2 mph off. My Cobalt is about 1 mph off, checked against both gps and radar. And of course reading slower than accurate is worse than reading too fast.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:20 PM   #17
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Where did you get the 8 is ok?

In Texas the state troopers give you 4 MPH for errors but of course can ticket you just one over if they want to.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:55 PM   #18
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I'll have to take my gps out with me to see whats up. I've never seen one read slower, its alwaya seems to be about 3 to 5 mph faster than actual.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:57 PM   #19
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It should be very precise nowdays with a 5th gen. Your odometer would be off it the speed was not properly calibrated.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:30 PM   #20
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Regardless of him following the cop to check his accuracy, Why are you all assuming the speedometer is off? He's in Ohio, the radar gun is probably off! Following the cop only proved that one of the cars was was registering a different speed but its the gun that needs to be checked.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:48 PM   #21
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I passed one of those radar trailers they sit by the road that tells your speed and mine was right on. I also have the 20's on mine. That sucks. You should see if your dealer is willing to pay the ticket since they wont fix the problem! But that sucks! Hopefully it wont interfier with your insurance rates!
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:54 PM   #22
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hmm..that's interesting..If anyone has a GPS people can do some test if the GPS shows MPH
I went for a drive to test my speedometer and it appears to be operating correctly. I set the cruise control for 50 MPH and captured a video.

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I went for a drive to test my speedometer and it appears to be operating correctly. I set the cruise control for 50 MPH and captured a video.

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You cant see anything on that vid. you shoulda had a passenger film it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:44 AM   #24
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While following the 2010 home with the Accord my wife denied she was at least 10 over all the way. This may explain it. She was at posted 110 and I could not keep up at 125.(KPH)
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Good news is that you are actually recording less miles on the odometer than you are going.
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