Recently, the speedometer on my 1990 4runner SR5 (V6 3.0L 4WD) starting
making a clicking noise and the needle would bounce up and down rather than
hold steady at any given speed. While trying to make it home, the clicking
continued and eventually the needle stopped moving completely.
Since I thought that it would be easier to disconnect the cable at the side
of the transmission, I tried that first. After disconnecting it, I tried to
spin the gear and could tell that the cable was binding up top. I had
expected it to spin freely, indicating that the cable had snapped
So, after putting that back together, I removed the instrument cluster.
There it was, the cable had broken at the very tip. Of course, when I tried
to extract the broken piece from the speedometer, I just pushed it further
in. Any ideas as to how I can extract that piece? Do I need to disassemble
the speedometer itself or would that just be a waste of time? If so, does
this mean that I need to start looking for another one? Any links?
BTW, if I place a small screwdriver in the back of the speedometer and twirl
it, the speedometer appears to work properly. At this point, once I replace
the cable, I don't know if I'll be able to use this speedometer in its
present condition. I suspect that the new cable may not seat all the way,
due to that small broken piece that's still inside.
As far as the cable is concerned, can just the inner cable be replaced as
opposed to the whole speedometer cable assembly? The local dealer quoted me
a price of $92 and change, plus tax. And, as I expected, it's a special
order item. Does anyone know of any alternative places to buy one? I tried
searching for one online, but couldn't come up with any sources.
The up side, if you can call it that, is that I'll be able to replace my
broken parking brake cable at the same time, seeing as how they both pass
through the floor at the same point. In fact, it looks like the parking
brake cable, although separate, has to be removed in order to replace the
speedometer cable anyway. Is that the case?
Of course this had to happen in the middle of Winter, so I'm not looking
forward to doing the job. But I really do need to get the vehicle back on
the road again.
Thanks in advance to those who post a reply here.