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Maybe some of you can lend some help:
the other day I'm driving, the odometer hits 75,001 miles and then I notice the speedo and the odometer aren't working. The cable has come loose and begun clicking in this '96 Tracker and both my older Samurais. So the next day I disassemble the dash to reconnect the cable end. In removing the cluster, the cable became entirely disconnected. So I put it back on securely then, before reassembling the dash, set off down the road and discover the speedo still isn't working.
1. the cable end isn't turning on its own.
2. the cable end does rotate -- and clicks -- if I press the speedo-end of the cable into the cable housing while driving.
3. Later, I removed the under-body end of the cable and discovered some gear oil leaking out and what landed on the pavement had what appeared to be little ground up bits of plastic. It could have been something that was already on the ground or it could have been something else, but it appeared like what happens when you drill into plastic -- little ground up bits of something.
A new cable from a local dealership -- a "genuine GM part" -- is $38. I'd hate to fork this out if this isn't the problem but I don't see it being something else. The speedo needle moves very easily when I rotate the area where the cable goes in. The cable itself moves freely in the housing. I think it's merely a coincidence everything quit at 75,001 miles. Advice? Guidance?