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How do I find and replace the speedometer cable? It is intermitently working. The speedometer needle tends to "bounce" around a lot.

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You may not have a cable on that van...it is most likely electronically controlled...have your vehicle speed sensor checked out,,,,if its good you may have a bad speedo

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It's a common fault with the cables.

If you can take it apart when you remove it, Then use petrol to clean it, let it dry, then use a thin oil like 3 in 1 and re-assemble.

If this still produces the same effect - Replace the whole thing - it won't get better.

(I restore Land Rovers - this is a common fault)

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