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speedometer cable replacement

this weekend, while driving up to a swap meet north of baltimore, my speedometer stopped indicating. i was only able to look at the angle drive (to confirm it was still there!) and suspect a broken cable. i searched this site for an article but couldn't find much. could someone review the replacement?

Old 11-22-1999, 07:16 AM
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Fairly easy to replace. The easiest way is to unhook the odometer reset, pull out the speedo from the dash, unhook the cable from the back, connect the front of the new one to the rear of the old one and gently pull it through from inside the car till the new one comes out. I used a threaded section of old spark plug to connect them and then wrapped with racer's tape. If it hangs up, you'll have to open the center tunnel, ie remove the consol if you have one or lift up the carpet, etc. A CHEAPER fix is to find a speedo shop and just buy the inner cable. This is about 1/3 the $$$ of a whole new cable. In this case, pull the old one out the front and push the new one in. The swagged end at the speedo isn't necessary and they can solder it and grind the flats easily. Make sure you take all the old cable so they can match the length. 914 speedo cables seem to break right at the place where the swagged connector is put on, usually at the rear.

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It's worthwhile to check the cable. Make sure that the angle drive actually turns when the transmission does. Then hook the cable back up and go to the front. Unhook the cable from the speedo and see if it turns when the transmission does.

If the angle drive turns and the other end of the cable doesn't, then replace the cable.

I just pulled mine out the back, and fed the new one in. I had to pull out the center console and the center deposit to feed the new one through. Time consuming but not that difficult.

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jmcleod, might I suggest looking at the condition of the gas pedal cable, and a clutch cable. Since you will be needing to remove the center console, and prob need to remove the service board for the pedal cluster, this would be a good time to think about it.

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