speedometer cable


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speedometer cable

Postby furnacedoc » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:26 pm



Hello, I need to clean and lube my speedometer cable it is very erratic up to about 40mph, how do I get to the top where it attaches to the speedometer? Thanks, see ya on the road



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Re: speedometer cable

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:11 pm

First remove the key bridge by gently pulling up at the bottom as shown until the posts disengage from the rubber grommets. Then release the tabs at the top and remove the cover.

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Remove the left top inner cover by pulling the tab free at the rightmost edge as shown.

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Follow by pulling each tab free in sequence until you get to the front tab.

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You can then access the speedometer cable.

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It has a knurled knob at the top that you turn to unscrew it from the dashboard.

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Re: speedometer cable

Postby furnacedoc » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:25 pm

Thanks ,looks easy enough

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Re: speedometer cable

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:00 am

You could just take the bottom end off and pull the cable out..clean it up, take the case tip it up and spray some solvent in it and then let it drain out, lube the cable and push it back in..
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Re: speedometer cable

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:27 am

You have to be a bit of a contortionist and hold your tongue just right to get at the top nut to loosen it. Hopefully it isn't more than finger tight.

You may also want to check, clean and lube the speedometer drive in the wheel which would require wheel removal. When I thought my speedo cable had broken the problem turned out to be inside the wheel housing.
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Re: speedometer cable

Postby Fiberthree » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:30 am

cbx4evr wrote:You have to be a bit of a contortionist and hold your tongue just right to get at the top nut to loosen it. Hopefully it isn't more than finger tight.
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Re: speedometer cable

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:15 am

Before you remove the cable at the top tie a piece of string around it so you can pull it back through when you are finished.
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Re: speedometer cable

Postby tflanders » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:19 am

So what do you use to lube the cable? Mine just started acting up. Silicone spray? I remember back in the day you had to use graphite powder, I think?

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Re: speedometer cable

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:09 am

I use chain lube or anything that won't run too much..it is a sealed area so dirt isn't too much of an issue.
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Re: speedometer cable

Postby furnacedoc » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:36 pm

I read somewhere to use a spray graphite that sets up after it dry's out.




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