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Tachometer Questions

Post by DavidB » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:49 pm

The tachometer on my Honda Flush doesn't work leading me to the following questions.
1) Has anyone looked at the signal going to the tachometer with an oscilloscope?
2) Are pulses sent once per engine revolution?
3) Have you bench tested a tachometer and if so, what kind of signals did you generate to send to it?
I'll be working on the above and will report back. Thanks.

I was able to place an oscilloscope on the ignition signal to the tachometer. I could see 2000 RPM superimposed on the 60Hz noise in the garage as I failed to ground the battery ground to building ground, but you can see it.
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Re: Tachometer Questions

Post by benji » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:58 pm

Typically you hook up an after market tach to the negative side of the ignition coil. W a 2 stroke it will fire twice as often so I think any tach for a 2 cylinder 4 stroke should work. Go on ebay, there's literally tons of motorcycle/scooter tachs

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Re: Tachometer Questions

Post by DavidB » Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:00 pm

I would like to get this original tachometer running again. Photo attached, taken when I was sending a signal to the fuel level gauge moving it back and forth from empty to full.
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Re: Tachometer Questions

Post by DavidB » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:17 pm

I found the schematic of the PCB that Honda put on the Flush in 1983. It is built around a chip that was used in several makes and applications of tachometers. I can't find any discussion regarding the chip, found it in Japanese at some web site. I used a square wave generator input to it and with DC positive and negative at the appropriate leads, got it to operate. It delivers 0-10 VDC from the PCB to the meter which then reads full scale.

Mine may have a defect in it as it slow to come up to speed, but it then holds steady at 4000 RPM as the speed comes up to around 30 mph.

If there is interest by others I'll edit at a later date with the schematic as the file sizes are presently too large.

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Re: Tachometer Questions

Post by DavidB » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:27 pm

Here is a photo and schematic though wasn't requested. The key chip is the T2295A.
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Re: Tachometer Questions

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Re: Tachometer Questions

Post by mousewheels » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:45 pm

Hi DavidB
Is that a Heathkit breadboard? Handy little thing even to this day :thumbwink:
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Re: Tachometer Questions

Post by mousewheels » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:01 pm

DavidB wrote: I used a square wave generator input to it and with DC positive and negative at the appropriate leads, got it to operate. It delivers 0-10 VDC from the PCB to the meter which then reads full scale.
There could be a schematic error, but I see the cap on the T2295A meter drive output (C4) is listed at 470uf/6.3v. Have you confirmed C4's voltage rating? If there's no schematic error, the meter movement is the primary issue.
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