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#793776 - Sun Oct 30 2011 07:36 PM Speedometer Cable Lube
sleeve Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 02 2010 09:19 PM
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My speedometer needle jumped all over the place and figuring that my cable was dry or dirty I took it out and while the cable doesn't come out of the sheath I was able to pour WD 40 inside the casing and spin the cable by hand until it turned smoothley then hung it up and let the excess run out.

The question is what weight oil should I use to lube it before I reinstall it ?


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#793782 - Sun Oct 30 2011 07:52 PM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: sleeve]
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They actually recommended a powdered graphite dry lubricant.
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#793783 - Sun Oct 30 2011 07:58 PM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: Greg_H]
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Without being able to get the cable out of the sheath any recommendation on how to get graphite on the entire length of the cable?
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#793821 - Sun Oct 30 2011 09:21 PM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: sleeve]
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If you take your time I think gravity will do its job if you put some in the cable and continue to turn it or maybe put some graphite in one end and use a low pressure air hose to blow some down it.....or maybe some light oil, like 3 n 1 would be a carrier to move some on down the line.
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#793828 - Sun Oct 30 2011 09:40 PM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: Achipmunk]
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do not add powdered graphite now that you've used a liquid on it, unless you get it out and clean it well with a solvent .... why can't you get the cable out of the sheath? should pull out from one end or the other, lube alone won't fix it, the gumbo needs to be cleaned out .... the other choice would be replace it, or possibly the jumpy speedo is as much or more a dirty speedo head

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#793860 - Sun Oct 30 2011 11:11 PM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: squeeze]
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use some white lithium grease on the inner cable after cleaning...
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#793922 - Mon Oct 31 2011 08:20 AM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: 1958GMCnut]
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It should come out through the top. Take it loose at the trans. & straighten out the curve. Pull it out from the top. I have packed them in grease like Cnut says for 60 years & they work from then on out. Put a little oil on the spindle at the end of the speedo.
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#793924 - Mon Oct 31 2011 08:35 AM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: 1958GMCnut]
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#793931 - Mon Oct 31 2011 09:00 AM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: squeeze]
Grant_Bowker Offline
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Loc: ottawa, canada
If you want/need to clean out both light lube and any possible older gunk, consider flowing brake cleaner through the cable and sheath by gravity until it comes out the bottom without trace of dirt or lube. You should be able to feel the difference on the cable to know when you've done enough. Also, turning the cable while the fluid works down the assembly will help loosen any remaining dirt or caked lubricant.
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#793947 - Mon Oct 31 2011 10:29 AM Re: Speedometer Cable Lube [Re: Grant_Bowker]
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I like to mix powered graphite with kerosene or really light oil for this.
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