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Old 03-23-2005, 06:29 PM
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Speedometer cable noise

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I have a noise in my speedometer cable on my 72 El Camino. What is the best type of lubrication to use on it? I do know that the noise can sometimes be the speedo itself, but it has been replaced, and when I move the cable around as I am driving the noise goes away for a bit. I did check the data base and came up with zip...........thank you ......jerry

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I would replace the inner cable, for all it costs. It may be frayed and that is causing the noise. Is the needle jumping at all?

Lubricate the new one with graphite lubricant.
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If I remember correctly, getting the speedometer cable loose from the back of the speedometer is a bugger, but I would remove the cable casing and then the inner cable. You can inspect it for burrs, etc. If it appears OK, then all you'll need is some lubricant. For years, I used Lubriplate on cables, but then I found an ancient tube of Mopar speedometer cable lube in a tube (I don't think it slows Chevys down any!). Replacing the cable is easy but you may have to play around a little getting the trans end seated into the gear.

I had a problem with my '72 ElCamino (project) with the needle jumping. I found the grease had hardened. I just cleaned and relubed it.
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Thank you to Poncho62 and MI2600,
You same two guys helped me with my neutral safety switch questions (of which you came up with the needed answers). I pulled out the inner speedometer cable and checked for fraying, and there was none.So, I cleaned and lubed it up with white grease (for now...until I can find the infamous Mopar lube). Now it is nice and quite......thanks again boys, and keep up the good work...........jerry
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