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Speedometer Broken - Possible Fix
« on: June 07, 2019, 02:05:35 pm »
The speedometer went out on my 1987 Connie - all the other gauges work fine.  My shop said the speedo cable is broken, but it looks like it may have been severed by a possible jam where it's supposed to connect and rotate on the back of the instrument gauge.  They weren't sure if this was the case, but suggested I look into it here.  So the question is:  do I need to get an entirely new instrument cluster and cable, or if there is a jam where the cable connects, can this be easily repaired without having to get a new cluster? 

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Re: Speedometer Broken - Possible Fix
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2019, 02:21:21 pm »
Inner speedo cables break all the time. very normal...
Remove and replace the inner (or total) speedometer cable.

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Re: Speedometer Broken - Possible Fix
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2019, 03:29:50 pm »
Yep, I've had to do this once already. The speedometer cable removal is fairly simple. When installing a new cable, make sure you install the part at the wheel correctly. If it binds up at the wheel, you'll have problems. Don't ask me how I know. Connecting the cable onto the dash gauge is a bit of a pain in the hinny. It's a tight space, not much room for fingers and you have to do it by feel. Starting the cable on right without cross-threading it was a challenge for me when I was doing it blind. But, it's doable, be patient. Don't force it. Once it starts correctly, you'll know it.
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