Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

pocket PC with speedo software for car


bluesbreaker's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,047
AZ

10-16-09, 07:42 AM   #1  
pocket PC with speedo software for car

They don't make speedometer any more for my make/model truck. I learned that you can buy a pocket PC with GPS and then load speedometer software with larger graphics.

If I just use the pocket PC as a GPS speedometer without Internet, will I have to pay any monthly fee?

Can it be plugged in to cigarette lighter and external antenna?

 
Sponsored Links
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator

Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 11,477
FL

10-16-09, 10:04 AM   #2  
What make and model is your truck, blues?


Measure it with a micrometer; cut it with an ax.

 
bluesbreaker's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,047
AZ

10-16-09, 10:30 AM   #3  
It's a 92' Ford Ranger XLT with automatic transmission

 
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator

Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 11,477
FL

10-16-09, 03:52 PM   #4  
Had one of those that I junked a while back (impound abandonment); could have given it to you. Ah, well.

Your current speedo is unrepairable? I have no idea the cost, but there are companies who do repairs.


Measure it with a micrometer; cut it with an ax.

 
bluesbreaker's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,047
AZ

10-16-09, 04:50 PM   #5  
Yeah, the mechanic I go to says he can send out to be repaired. Not sure I want to do that

 
GregH's Avatar
Super Moderator

Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 9,607
CANADA

10-16-09, 05:42 PM   #6  
Can you not just buy one at a wrecking yard?
I wouldn't bother with a pocket pc if you went this way.
Just buy an automotive GPS................they all have a speed indicator function.

Keep in mind that a vehicle must have a working speedometer and odometer to be roadworthy.


GregH.........HVAC/R Tech

 
bluesbreaker's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,047
AZ

11-04-09, 09:20 AM   #7  
thanks for all the input. I strongly doubt one is available at the junkyard. But I might get lucky

 
goldstar's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator

Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 4,286
OH

11-04-09, 11:59 AM   #8  
These days many "junk yards" have Internet or teletype to others across the country. They should be able to locate one for you.
As GregH said, just get a GPS. They all have very accurate built in "speedometers".


Woody


You can trust your car - and a whole lot more - to the man who wears a star.

 
samuari's Avatar
Member

Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 541
MN

11-04-09, 06:58 PM   #9  
I checked and didn't find one with a quick look in your area but I did find one out of Califonia for about $50. You will need to replace the complete cluster.

I will throw my fishfinder with the gps puck on my dash, it makes it easy to find lakes and where the acces is.


Last edited by samuari; 11-05-09 at 06:51 PM.
 
Search this Thread