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Old 09-26-2007, 11:33 PM
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Question Speedometer Dial Wobble

I have a speedometer dial wobble up to 30 MPH and then it is smooth. I think that I need to lube the cable with speedometer cable lube.

My question is -- Since this might be messy, can I remove the cable from the bottom; then lube it and replace it?

Is there a problem with doing it that way, or should it be lubed from the top?
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You are right, the wobble is probably due to the speedometer cable binding and releasing. It is not a very messy job or long job. The easiest way to do it is to remove the speedometer, pull out the cable, lube it, and then reinsert it.
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:42 PM
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Alexander:

I have the speedo cable out from the top.

The lube that they gave me at auto Zone is a DRY Graphite lube. Is this the right stuff to use ????

I realize that if you use grease, that it might work it's way up the cable and get into the speedo housing. But plain dry graphite doesn't sound right -- What do you think??

I'll wait untill I do anything else.
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Old 09-27-2007, 05:54 PM
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The wobble you talk about can also be caused by a small iron filing stuck to the magnet inside the speedo itself.
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Graphite is the right lubricant, just make sure ur cable is cleaned off good 1st, someone else might have grease it before.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:39 PM
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I'll check the magnet.

tbird430 -- DRY Graphite??? That's what they said to use.
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I used dry graphite on my speedo cable and it really helped, a little bit went a long way and now I have a majority of the tube left for door hinges and the hinges on kitchen cabinets.... Dan 60 Hardtop
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OK. I lubed the cable with a good amount of Dry Graphite.

When I inserted the cable back through the sheath, I felt a real tough bend in the sheath about 10 inches away from the transmission driven gear.

Once I got the cable in past that bend, it seemed OK. That bend may be causing the wobble, so I might have to see if I can give it an easier bend from the bottom.

If that doesn't work, maybe it's the speedo head itself. I'd need to find one in good condition to know for sure. Then again, a used speedo head may be bad too.
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Bart:
I found that when I replaced my cable it had a sharp bend in it also. I had to replace mine. the cable it's self was damaged from the kink.

Heads up if you ever have to replace it. I got mine on Amazon for about $15.00 plus shipping.
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George:

Did you replace the cable and the sheath both? Replacing the sheath would be a real bummer.

I cleaned the cable with brake cleaner before I lubed it. It hung straight down with no kinks, and there were no wear marks or frays in the cable at all. I think that the cable itself is OK.

Just in case -- How did you look up the cable on Amazon? I couldn't find one listed for a Thunderbird.
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