Speedometer froze


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Bobsiler
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Speedometer froze

Postby Bobsiler » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:30 pm



Lost my speedo on my 88 last weekend. I had hoped it was just the cable but the speedo froze which caused the cable to snap. Anything anyone has done short if rebuild it?



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Re: Speedometer froze

Postby Mh434 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:58 pm

It FROZE? In CALIFORNIA?!? Wow! :shock:

Anyway, if the needle is stuck somewhere up the range, it's usually a matter of a bit of crud stuck between the little barrel attached to the back of the needle & the rotating magnet which is basically attached to the top of the speedo cable. I've had this happen before, and fixed it by cleaning out the small air gap between the two. It doesn't take much to jam the needle barrel..

If it froze due to ice, well, once it's thawed out, I'd pull the speedo off and see if it still functions by turning it with a small square drive (a Robertson screwdriver bit will usually work) in an electric drill.

Has the needle returned to zero on its own, or is it still stuck somewhere else on the gauge?

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Re: Speedometer froze

Postby Bobsiler » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:02 pm

Not going to "freeze" where im at thats for sure it was 90 yesterday. :D
What did you use to clear out the gap? I already have the cluster apart and gauge in hand.

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Re: Speedometer froze

Postby Bobsiler » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:04 pm

Oh ya the needle is at zero on its own. Stopped working doing about 70.

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Re: Speedometer froze

Postby Bobsiler » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:14 pm

I had already started down that road and had sprayed some PB Blaster in the end where the cable attaches. Took a little but it freed up. Definitely a junk of crud in it. I really needed an easy fix today. Whew!




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