[Vwdiesel] Speedometer Repair

LBaird119 at aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Wed Apr 16 22:46:49 PDT 2008

  Well... Just because you disconnected the cable and it didn't make 
noise doesn't necessarily mean it's not the cable.  I just recently 
had a clutch cable squaking.  Sounded like it was a bushing or 
such.  I lubed them all, lubed the cable.  It still squeaked.  The 
cable made no noise without a load on it and worked well.  I 
replaced the cable and all was well.
  It most likely IS your speedometer though.  You might try simply 
pulling it and spraying some WD on the pivot points of the spinning 
weight, magnet, whatever you want to call it.  There's already 
lube around there so hopefully a little WD-40 would flow some of 
that back in place.  Your other options are to disassemble it and 
lube it, send it off for a rebuild or replace it.  I seriously doubt it 
uses a heavy lube like vaseline.  Probably a half a drop of a light, 
synthetic motor oil.

In a message dated 4/16/2008 9:26:06 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
davevw at yahoo.com writes:

> So now I'm really sure that the noise is from the speedometer and not the 
> cable.  
> It was doing it pretty consistently tonight, so partway through my trip, I 
> opened the hood and yanked the cable to get it off the speedo (I know, not the 
> recommended way, but effective--it didn't take too much of a yank).
> I was careful to keep my speed for the rest of the trip in the range of what 
> would cause the noise.  But, there was no noise, so I think this 
> corroborates my theory that it is the speedo and not the cable.
> So, I'd like to lube or fix the noise.  Just wondering if 1) you have any 
> recommendations of what to look for and 2) recommendations on what to lube it 
> with?  (One person suggested vasoline, any others?)
> BTW, this is a '92 Cabriolet with a motometer (VDO) gauge.

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