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Speedometer broken!

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Speedometer broken!

Postby YoungOlds on Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:51 pm

Ok so my speedometer now bounces from 10mph to 70mph no matter how fast i travel or how fast i accelerate. It also makes a cl fl tl sound really fast. I know it sounds stupid but its the only way i could think to pronounce it. I think its a gear spinning freely. Thanks again! p.s. unrelated I might be in Hemmings Classic Car magazine, so look out for it!
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Re: Speedometer broken!

Postby toolbox on Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:41 pm

YoungOlds wrote:Ok so my speedometer now bounces from 10mph to 70mph no matter how fast i travel or how fast i accelerate. It also makes a cl fl tl sound really fast. I know it sounds stupid but its the only way i could think to pronounce it. I think its a gear spinning freely. Thanks again! p.s. unrelated I might be in Hemmings Classic Car magazine, so look out for it!


Hmmmm... You should shoot Greg a message--he's had his entire dash apart, and he can probably give you some tips on getting it out of there. Finding what's broken probably won't be that hard, but getting a part to fix it might be. Speedo clusters come up on ebay for these pretty often...I don't think it would be that hard to find one. I never had mine out all the way, but I did spend a bunch of time with my head up there working on various things. Ug...my neck starts hurting just thinking about it :shock: .
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Re: Speedometer broken!

Postby hotrodgirl on Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:35 pm

my speedo just stopped working...and the odometer stopped rolling too... I would imagine it's time for a new speedo cable? especially since I am about to drop a fresh 394 in to replace the 371...... :twisted:
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Re: Speedometer broken!

Postby OldsD88 on Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:30 pm

One could say with a very high degree of certainty that if both the speedometer and odometer stopped working simultaneously, the cable is the culprit.
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Re: Speedometer broken!

Postby YoungOlds on Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:52 pm

where would the cable be/look like/be easy to fix?
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Re: Speedometer broken!

Postby OldsD88 on Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:17 pm

The cable would/should be on the back of the console; near either the speedometer or the odometer, most likely the odometer. It runs from there to the tranny.

It has a knurled metal round coupling that screws on to the odometer/speedometer head, not at all like on sink water lines. The cable itself is encased in the semi-flexible housing which is probably the thickness of a pencil or inkpen, or larger.

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Re: Speedometer broken!

Postby YoungOlds on Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:31 pm

it does thanks!
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