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Old 11-18-2005, 11:10 AM
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computer crashed, second try askin' bout'speedometer

This site has been very educational, and has answered my last hot-rod questions so quick, and in such detail (I was lookin for a friend who actually has a rod... I could only be so lucky myself.) ... so here I am askin' what I'm assuming is probably a simple enough question... reguarding a car that I'll admit will probably never be a hot-rod... I have a 95 Ford Escort; just my hoopty for getting to n' from work. (It's my first real stab at true hard core car repair.) ...The dash is in, well, not too bad a shape, but the speedometer don't work; if I go over about 40 MPH it buzzzes, and becomes progressively less and less acurate as I go faster. So by the time i'm going 70 MPH it is buzzing wildly between 50 and 80 MPH. I was thinking of making a custom instrument cluster for my hoopty since I obviously gotta open up the old one anyhow, and I'm not bad at that type of thing... so I was wondering first of all; Is it more likely the speedometer cable that has worn out, rounded off corners, or is it more likely the actual speedometer itself? and second of all, if i go to a junk yard, or after market place like Auto Zone do I have to get an exact match, (do I need to find a 95 Ford Escort?) or would a speedometer from, lets say, a Mercury Sable work accurately in a Ford Escort for example; or an after market meter for that matter?
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:39 PM
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Best bet is a boneyard. Escorts have a bit of a history on bad speedo cables and units. Can also cause some auto trans probs. Auto Zone will just give you a dumb look... Escort and Tracer are pretty much the same year by year. Junkyards are full of them.
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:20 PM
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thanks

thank you for the info. and yahh, actualy i was wondering if the cable snagging might damage the trani. but i thought i was just crazy.
thanks again, sincerely; Rob
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:30 PM
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cable eez

Go to your local parts supplier, buy a product called "cable eez" or their equal. Its a teflon based spray..... I think I paid .90 for my last tube. Spray it in both ends of the speedo cable (@ dash and tranny) and go for a ride.
Oh yeah, computers dont crash for the h*ll of it. Upgrade your virus scan and do a deep scan!
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Old 11-20-2005, 09:09 PM
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thanks again

OK, cool thanks for the info it's much appreciated
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