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Sticky/flat spedometer needle

My speedometer needle is getting progressively worse, it is either telling me my current speed or just saying zero. a good bump on the glass was enough to unstick it before but now its progressively more stubborn. how do i fix this?

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Unscrew the knurled nut from the back of the speedometer, unscrew the other end from the transmission tailshaft, and feed the cable through the grommet in the firewall. Slide the cable out from the sheath and clean it off with carb cleaner or brake cleaner and spray the inside of the sheath with the same. Oil the cable with light oil like mineral oil, transmission fluid, or power steering fluid and put back in the sheath, then put the cable back in place. If it still doesn't work replace the cable with a new one. If that doesn't do it, take out the plastic speedometer drive gear from the transmission and check for wear. If it is worn, replace it. If that doesn't do it, push off the nearest cliff. Just kidding on that last comment. The first fix usually worked for me, and when it didn't the second would. I have only had to resort to the third fix one time, but I often fantasize about the fourth fix. If you found this helpful, or the least bit humorous, please don't forget to rate it.

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