My 96 Ford Escort LX speedometer has died. The previous owner claimed
to have never taken the car over 50 mph, and the first time I hit 75
the speedo needle started to wander and make noise. It continued to
work fine under 40 or so mph, until it just recently started sticking
at random speeds. If I whacked the dash the needle would jump back to
it's proper place, but now its stuck around 20 mph.
Is this an analog speedometer, that perhaps needs the cable lubricated
(or new cable installed)? Not quite sure how I'd go about getting to
the back of the instrument cluster, but I'll read through the service
manual and see if I can figure it out.
On Jun 28, 11:12 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I think that a 1996 *does* have a speedo cable and mechanical
speedometer. In any case, the cable will not cause the speedo to
stick in place. I have had this era Escort speedo head apart before
and found the head to be the cause of the chattering noise, not the
cable. The head is extremely expensive, so I carefully sprayed a lube
product from Wurth into the drive bushing. I don't recall the name of
the lube, but it is designed to spray out thin, then set up thicker
within a minute. THis particular speedo head has been noise-free for
years now. Unfortunately, that won't cure the needle sticking. If
the pointer is actually rubbing on the gauge face, you could take out
the gauge cluster, remove the front lens, and attempt to pull up on
the pointer to lift it somewhat on its shaft. Use exteme caution
doing this. You could also attempt to straighten the pointer, but
that would likely end in a bent shaft no matter how careful you are.
Toyota MDT in MO
I don't think you're supposed to lube speedo cables as the lube works it's
way up to the friction drive in the head and makes it slip and read zero!
ISTR that speedo cables are 'dry', i.e. teflon coated cores. I could be
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