[Vwdiesel] More Quantum Questions

William J Toensing toensing at wildblue.net
Wed Sep 10 02:38:20 PDT 2008

Today, the speedometer went out. I guess the cable must have broke but it didn't give any signs of braking. Odometer stopped moving as well as speedometer. Checked one source, Auto Parts World, had no listing. Haven't tried others yet. Is this going to be a hard part to find? Also, the clock doesn't work. The Bentley just says replace clock. Any trouble shooting hints re the clock since I will have to remove the instrument panel to disconnect the speedometer cable so might as well fix it if I can. Are these clocks interchangeable with older clocks. The clock in my '81 Dasher, with double the Quantum's mileage still works. 
I may have solved the overheating issue but not sure. The temperature gage seems to want to settle between the half & hot mark or 3/4ths mark on the gage. Is that normal? I replaced the overflow tank with a new one with no leaks after pumping the pressure tester to 17# psi. But still not sure.
The previous owner told me he doesn't believe in maintenance but just drive a car into the ground & then replace it. He has not replaced the thermostat, water pump, or radiator. Didn't even change the oil! The car has almost 118,000 miles, quite low for an '82. But it appears it has not had TLC. Said he drove it around 30,000 or 40,000 miles as I recall.
Bill Toensing, Nevada City, CA

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