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How do I remove the Speedo cable in a 1995 ford aspire

Hey I need to add transmission fluid to a 1995 ford aspire and I can not figure out how to remove the speedo cable to do. any tips?

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There should be a ten millimeter bolt holding the speedo gear in place and it needs to be removed to fill the trans. to the proper level. Once you remove the bolt pull the gear out, you may have to twist it while pulling on it, then fill the trans. using the gear as a dipstick to attain the proper fluid level.

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Would a long funnel help .you shouldnt have to move anything to add fluid.

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I am not convinced that the speedo cable is a good place to add the fluid.
If auto trans , should have dipstick tube. If manual trans , should be plug on top , or half way up side of trans that can be unthreaded.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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