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Hello Pauline , what year vehicle do you have ? All vehicles after the 80's don't have speedometer cables . Everything is electronic an if your speedometer isn't working it probably is the stepper motor in the instrument cluster ! which means you'll have to replace the instrument cluster !

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You'd have to open your dashboard , disconnect it from over there, pull out, then replace.

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  2. Remove or disconnect the following:
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    Starter motor and torque the bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) Starter electrical connectors Speedometer and shift control cables Negative battery cable.

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