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Odometer cabel replacement

I need step by step instructions for replacing an odometer cable on a 1996 Geo Tracer 1.6L 4WD

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Step by step
more that then FSM shows?
it has 1 ends. you remove both ends.
and it just comes out. (pulled)
at the transmission is an attachment, you unscrew that (CCW)turn it counter clockwise, and its off
then gain access to the rear of the speedometer head.
that is the tricky part, on most cars.
early years, some folks can remove this end without cluster pulling.
unless less you are huge, are you, ?? we can not guess what YOU
might do. use a flash light to see up under the dash, and that fitting.

did you watch the Utube videos first. if not why not now.
he shows the speedo end clip, well, (this is the only hard part that clip)
on some newer cars, they added, cross bracing. (side collision upgrades) and is very hard work on these cars under dash.
do tell.

U tube again, if youre too big.

pull cluster 101 (note he's a smart guy, reads the book first....")

no tilt wheel. sure one more thing, that can make this easier. he says
and is correct.
this is typical of all cars. so watching videos on all cars, will help
do so and win.

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There is no cable on the 93 Prizms.  The problem is one of two things, either the "vehicle speed sensor" or the instrument cluster itself.   I also have a 93, and the speedometer started acting up a while ago. Sometimes it would register 0 then it would spike up to 70 and stay there at highway speeds then back to 0 upon slowing.  I replaced both items from the junk yard.  The speed sensor at an auto parts store will run about $160, and a new cluster will cost A LOT more at the dealer! I first replaced the speed sensor with no luck ($5.00 at the junkyard) the same thing happened 0 or 70.   I replaced the cluster today ($13.99 at the junkyard).  That was it! Problem solved.  The cluster is EASY to replace, remove the 2 screws from the trim piece and remove trim.  Next, remove the 4 screws that hold the cluster in place; 2 at the very top (don't remove the ones just above the cover glass) and two at the bottom.  Pull one side of the cluster out; there are 3 plugs; squeeze the center of the plugs to release the clip and wiggle them free.  Connect the replacement cluster, but before screwing it in, do a check to make sure all the panel lights work.  I had a few that were burned out, so I used the old cluster lights to replace them.   I would try replacing the cluster first.  Good luck!

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