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1992 Subaru Legacy; I found broken speedo cable near tranny. A piece came out of the cable about 4 inches long. How do I get the rest of the cable out of the housing?

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Legacy VSS1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  3. At the transaxle case, disconnect the electrical harness from the VSS1.
  4. Remove the VSS-to-case bolt and the VSS.
  5. Installation is the reverse of removal. Secure all components accordingly.
VSS2 The VSS2 is inside the meter assembly. The speedometer should be replaced if the VSS is found to be defective.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

  • eewheaton Jul 11, 2010

    Thanks Duane: My drive is mechanical with old fashioned cable inside housing. Not electrical.

    Old fashioned cable broke up inside cable housing just above transaxle housing. I unscrewed the trans end of the speedometer cable and out came the 4 inch piece. Regular flexible cable came out. Do I have to unscrew the speedometer head end of the housing and if I do, how does a normal adult get their hand in there? Take the speedo plus all instruments in the cluster out? And, if so, how? Eric

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    Duane Wong Jul 11, 2010

    Legacy and Impreza





    Fig. 3: Unfasten the indicated retainer screws to remove the dash trim panel around the instrument cluster — Legacy and Impreza







    Fig. 4: Unfasten the indicated retainer screws to remove the instrument cluster — Legacy and Impreza



    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Properly disarm the air bag.
    2. Remove the bolts securing the steering column and lower it down.
    3. Remove the center ventilator control lever by pulling it. Remove the 3 screws accessible through the ventilator grille to the right of the cluster and the 1 screw accessible through the grille on the left. Remove the vent.
    4. Remove the dash panel retainer screws around the instrument cluster.
    5. Carefully pull the trim panel forward and disconnect the electrical harnesses attached to the switches in the trim panel. Remove the trim panel and place aside.
    6. Remove the cluster retaining screws, then pull the cluster out far enough to disconnect the speedometer cable and electrical harnesses from behind, then remove the cluster assembly from the vehicle.
    7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Secure all components accordingly.
    8. Test all instrument functions, including the gauges and dash light to make them work correctly

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