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In a message dated 96-12-17 13:49:17 EST, email@example.com (Aiman Copty)
> I've been told that it is the speedometer cable. Another mechanic
> claimed that it is the speedometer itself and quoted me some $340 to fix
> it. Any ideas on this or past experience. If it is just the cable, how
> easy is to fix. Can a novice, such as myself, do this repair?
> Any thoughts or suggestions much appreciated.
Very easy. Done it several times.
I think you have an early, all mechanical speedometer. Remove the combo from
the torpedo and squirt some graphite based key well lubrication oil into it.
What happens is when the cable is dry and is kinked during a sloppy install,
the wire inside of the jacket goes jerk, jerk, jerk (I know, I know Bob D'A,
but can't help it, it's soooo descriptive!).
Reroute the cable as straight as possible.
Also check that both of the little plastic grabbers on the cable are intact.
They fasten the cable to the back of the combo to make it fit snugly and at
the right angle. If one is broken off (a frequent case), the cable gets
connected at an angle, stressing the gearing and creating noises. You'll have
to get a new cable from a bone yard.