Just got this car. Speedometer works, but odometer does not. Has
anyone fixed an odometer? Drove it from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio
with zero problems and now it will sit till much warmer weather. But
that doesn't mean that I can't prep for the dozens of little things
that need attention on this fine automobile. All info will be
Seems to me that I fixed the odometer on my 1977 240D by diddling with
it while watching a one hour TV show.
The gears tend to slide sideways on the shaft and get out of mesh.
Also the shaft is knurled and if a gear starts slipping, it has its
hole enlarged and spins around on the knurling. Both the gear hole and
the shaft knurling wears.
All I did was rough up the shaft knurlings by using a pair of diagonal
pliers then pressed each gear sideways until it was again at its
correct position on the shaft. A drop of Locktite also helps.
As mentioned, one the odometer was disassembled from the instrument
cluster assembly, the whole operation took less than an hour.
Yeah you can do that if the gear in question is salvagable. I tried this
too and got another 6 months out of it but the tteeth on the gear were
damaged as well. ALL postwar German cars use this same VDO part and
it fails on every one of them... which is why the guy makes this one
gear I guess.
Here's the instrument cluster removel procedure:
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