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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2003, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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speedo cable

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.

I discovered:

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?

Thanks.

Jason
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Re: speedo cable

I replaced my cable with a Beck-Arnley part number 091-1745 from a local independant parts dealer. Cost me $22.93 and works fine. The only problem I had was the o-ring at the trans was too tight a fit on the new cable and I swapped it out with the old one which seems too loose! My original cable ( inner core ) had broken in half. If I recall correctly you can grab the drive shank portion of the cable at the trans & use a drill to spin it and check the cable out before you buy a new one. Gook luck.
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Re: speedo cable

Thanks, Clicker.
Sounds like what happened to me.
Appreciate the B-A part number, too.

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Re: speedo cable

The P.N. I gave is one for an '88 Samurai, don't know if they are interchangable with Trackers/ Kicks. Forgot to point that out in the first post. Hope it helps.
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Re: speedo cable

They used to sell universal inner cables that used a crimp on end piece at one end. If the housing isn't
damaged they work fine. Cut to length, crimp and reassemble. lots easier than replaceing the whole
cable housing.
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Re: speedo cable ATTN !!! Wayne

Wayne:

I tried sending a PM but the forum said it couldn't proceed. Many thanks for the tip on the universal speedo cable. Picked it up the other day for $3.97 at Autozone. It beats the $38 cost for a new housing and cable.

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