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Old 02-16-2004, 01:59 PM
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Ok the instrument panel is in but,

my Speedometer needle is jumping, so now what??
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:18 PM
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Been there... doing that.

Removed it and now its jumping.

I found that putting some graphite (Is this the right lube to use?) on the cable end, and then pulling all the slack in the cable out at the firewall, then making the curve down to the trans as round as possible has fixed most of it.

Not as good as before I had it out, you just plain cant take it on and off too many times.

Oh, and be really careful when doing this... the clock setting knob and the backs of the lightbulbs on the right side easily mar up your trim around where the cluster sits...

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I agree with JHZR2 that it is probably just extra cable you pulled in is binding a little bit, if you pull it back out to how it was before it will probably stop the problem.

I didn't mention this since you already finished up the job but I've found it quite important to not let the speedometer needle move around while handling the cluster, if you allow it to do that then odds are when you go from reverse to forward there may be a delay or you may need to tap the cluster for it to kick in.
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Question Its bad real bad

I was driving down the road and the odometer ran fine for a while then stopped again, (speedometer works)
so now I am just going to find a new one.. any ideas where to get one?? PartsShop does not have one, thanks
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:26 PM
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A NEW one? Only place I know who would carry new would be a dealership, I bet the price isn't the greatest. While I haven't had to do it myself, many people here have had their odometer fail before. See there are these little plastic gears that ride on a smooth metal shaft, the plastic gears are pressed on but eventually may not grip the shaft. All you need to do is either rough up the shaft under it or superglue the two together, there is no reason to buy a new cluster.
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:57 PM
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You need to pull the cluster again and give it the "cure" http://www.mbz.org/info/articles/instruments/ Its an easy fix. I do the "nicking" of the shaft with a small pair of bolt cutters, very "tenderly"
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Old 02-16-2004, 05:03 PM
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Bad link.
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Unhappy Thanks guys

but I just ordered one, $300 bucks, this is alot for such a part, but I have spent alot of time taking this instrument panel in/out.....so some times its not worth the trouble. I just afraid if I try to repair it, then it will happen again, and I do not won't to spend any more time on it. Thanks

and hey its alot cheeper than a car payment..
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:37 PM
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This is true, but it won't have the correct mileage on it now.
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Old 02-16-2004, 08:15 PM
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It would not anyway

My registration already states mileage not correct, it broke after I had the car. yes they will set it to want you ask (this must be done by dealer, he takes your VIN & paperwork).. I estimated mine has about 145K (high). I could not sell the car as true mileage..nor would I. My car is just a "Good Driver" not trying to restore a classic here....but thanks for your help, I really like your web site I have used it many times...
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Old 02-16-2004, 08:23 PM
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In my state they don't bother putting the mileage on the titles of older cars, so I hand write it on there for them. Ok, I just wanted to make sure you didn't overlook that. Thanks.
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Old 02-16-2004, 09:14 PM
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BoostnBenz "Bad link. " Here is the right page, the other one was less direct. They don't bother putting the mileage on the titles of older cars in Wa state either.

http://instrument.mbzarticles.org/odo/

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