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Old 12-13-2003, 02:05 PM   #1
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removing speedo cable

So in reading the many posts on here about lubing the speedo cable, i can't seem to find any sort of links to a write up about it or anything. Does anyone have one?

maybe someone can just answer my question here, i have removed the guage cluster and have access to the end of the speedo cable, but do i actually remove the cable from the sheath? if so, how? it seems like it is locked in there. am i just supposed to try and work some lubriplate down in there? any help for a 4runner newbie would be much obliged. this is a 90 by the way. thanks.
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:09 PM   #2
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Good question, and welcome to YotaTech. I am going to sit in on your post and listen for an answer aswell. Every now and then I get this noise out of the back of my guage cluster that sounds as if the cable is dry. I never remember to ask about this though so thanks. Ben
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Old 12-13-2003, 03:54 PM   #3
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Mine makes a rattling noise so I too will be keeping an eye out for answers!
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Old 12-13-2003, 04:45 PM   #4
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mine has been doing the same thing when it is cold. I am going to take the sob appart and lube it up, thats it.
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Old 12-13-2003, 07:02 PM   #5
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Here's a rough guide as I haven't had to remove the whole thing from my Toyota...

Anyway, once you've unplugged it from the instrument cluster, follow the cable through the wirewall and down to the transfer case (where it connects to the transmission depends on your model).
It will unscrew from the speedo drive on the transmission, and then you can remove all the little brackets holding the cable to the body.

Once it's removed the internal cable should just pull out of the sheath and then you can grease it up.

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Old 12-13-2003, 07:40 PM   #6
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if i remember right, there's a little tab on the back of the cable that releases it
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Old 12-14-2003, 01:35 AM   #7
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at least on my 90 4runner, thing is almost all one piece.

had to replace it since it got too close to the exhaust and got burnt.

from what i hear, you just disconnect both ends and let the lube flow through the thing...

let the excess lube out and clean up an stray lube and reconnect...
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Since I just changed the cable on my 89 4runner this past Sunday, I can offer some assistance. You will have to disconnect the parking brake cable as well. First, disconnect the speedo cable from the back of the instrument cluster. Then, pull back the carpet from behind the pedals and remove a gold colored plate with 2 cables coming out of it. Next comes the fun part: Crawl underneath the truck on the passenger side just behind the door and disconnect the parking brake cable (really easy). While you're down there, disconnect the other end of the speedo cable from the side of the tranny, and follow both the speedo and PB cables (they run close together), removing any clamps that hold them to the frame. Once all the clamps are off, go back to the cab and pull both cables out. You may have to do some persuading to get them out but they will come. Remove the PB cable from the gold bracket and install it in the one that came with your new speedo cable. Run both cables back through the hole, then crawl back underneath and run them back the way they were before, re-installing the clamps as you go. Make sure the cables go over the tranny, not under it. Then just put it all back together! One other piece of advice: Before you put the instrument cluster back in, spray some cable lube into the speedo cable! The dealer will say it is already lubed, but it will still make noise and your needle will bounce if you don't. This whole process took about 2 hours for me. Guys, if I left something out please post it!
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