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While waiting at a traffic light, I incidently noticed on the wheel of a nearby trailer axle a deviced named 'hubodometer'. I don't know if it's necessary to make the distinction, but maybe we could simply cite it as a particular type of odometer, with some notes about its usefullness, maybe as a new article? I'm not a specialist thoug, and not English native speaker. --Olivier Debre 10:09, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

what is this thing anyway? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:26, 30 May 2008 (UTC)


I just added the entire part about China, because before there was only a brief sentence saying that the scientist Zhang Heng had invented it in the 2nd century.--PericlesofAthens 20:22, 6 April 2007 (UTC)♠

The article needs a section about odometers and vehicle titles. And what happens when, eg, a 5 digit odometer reaches 99,999. --Una Smith (talk) 05:26, 17 September 2008 (UTC)


The article is conspicuously missing an explanation of the actual mechanism(s). Superm401 - Talk 01:41, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

indeed. how do modern odometers work, in our everyday automobiles? I notice the speedometer article is similarly lacking. --Kvuo (talk) 04:36, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
oops, maybe not... apparently the odometer uses same principle as speedometer --Kvuo (talk) 04:39, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Definition of mile[edit]

I removed the definiton of the international mile from the introduction, it's not relevant to this article, not to that extent at least. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:02, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

Substract mileage[edit]

The text states that older vehicles could be driven in reverse to subtract mileage, but most vehicles i have worked on (as old as 1960) would not do so. Instead, the distance traveled backwards is not counted at all. This sentence could be removed to avoid the confusion as long as there is no good reference. (talk) 10:54, 11 November 2010 (UTC)


Should the articles Hubometer and Odometer be merged? I know that they are different things, but technically, a hubometer IS an odometer, and they portray the same type of information, and there's a section about it on the page for Odometer as well. (talk) 06:02, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

Name of the mechanical display?[edit]

Modern odometers are typically digital, but until recently most used a series of wheels with digits on them that slowly turned. Does this sort of mechanical display have a well-known name? Maury Markowitz (talk) 17:51, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Mechanical counter? --Filzstift (talk) 13:34, 3 September 2012 (UTC)