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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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I think it's my speedometer cable making that squeaky noise on my '73 LT.. Anyone have a good idea best way to lube this puppy? Can I disconnect at one end or the other, slide it out, grease it, slide it back in? Or do I have to remove the whole thing? Thanks,


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 01, 04:35 AM
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If you can get it loose at the speedo and get a small tube of liquid graphite back there (which is the best lube for this), you may be able to squirt a lot of it down in the cable housing. Take it loose at the trans too. When it runs out there, you'll know it's fully lubed.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 01, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Yup, it was the cable. Symptom was squeaky noise, in sync with road speed, but not related to brakes, etc. First I tightened the lug nuts!

It was pretty easy to lube. Look under the dash up at the speedo. Get a good visual so you can put it back right. I had to remove the heater/AC control panel (3 screws) to get access There is a clip on the back of the speedo. Push it in, hold it in, pull out the cable housing. Snake it around to where you can get at it easy. Look in the end and remember how deep the cable end is. Reach in with some needle nose pliars and pull out the cable. I don't think mine has been lubed in 30 years/300,000 miles! It was a bit rusty near the top, and gummy further down. Slide the cable back in while greasing it. I used my favorite white lithium base grease. At the end twist a bit while pushing in so it goes in as far as it was before. Then snake the cable back where it was, push it back in the speedo until the clip clicks. Done!

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 01, 11:45 AM
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No E has done some "lubing" wearing his "speedos."
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Danny, is your wife telling stories about me again??
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SLAM!! OH, TAKE THE PAIN DANNY! OHHH! LOL
Quik, someone get dan some medical attention. LOL.

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Do you guys ever stop! You're all sick!(why cant I wipe off this smile)

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As a matter of fact she did. Said she caught by accident in our guest bathroom when you came over for the Super Bowl Party. She said that you were going to town with your "pushrod/mini-cam".
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Hey ibjoe, sorry about Danny jumping in on your post like that. He just gets really excited when he sees the word "lube." I think it has something to do with his Boy Scout days...I dunno.

Well, your wife almost got the story right Danny. Except for the part about "by accident" and that it was me going to town on my pushrod, if you know what I mean! Heh heh.
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She also said that you had a magnifying glass in one hand.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 01, 05:57 AM
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I just dissconect the cable from the speedo and use pouder grafite. put a small amount of pouder grafite in the cable end then pour a little rubbing alcahol in the cable end. The rubbing alcahol makes the grafite run through the cable like water. You can lube the whole cable in seconds that way.
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 01, 07:08 AM
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I think I read on one of the Spedo repair web pages NOT to use graphite on the cable. If it get's near the spedo head it can ruin it or something. I think it is not good for plastic parts.
Of course I put a graphite/grease mix on mine many years ago, It's only worked for 155 thousand miles now...
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