unhappy speedo cable 205 Si, advice sought
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    Default unhappy speedo cable 205 Si, advice sought

    heading off this morning (another frosty in central vic), half hour
    drive to an appontment, a noise soon intruding. stopped to check it wasn't
    engine related or debris underneath, then up to 100 and the noise increasing in pitch
    and volume and then speedo needle goes berserk to confirm source of noise.
    I press on. coming home two hours later, not a squeak or flutter.
    I look into Haynes, but pale when it mentions removal of instrument panel.
    can I pretend it didn't happen, or will it eventually come flailing out of the speedo
    and tear my heart out??

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    Just remove the binnacle that surrounds the dials. 2 screws then remove the cluster to enable you to replace the cable. They dont tend to break but do jump around. I would wait until it really annoys you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam85 View Post
    Just remove the binnacle that surrounds the dials. 2 screws then remove the cluster to enable you to replace the cable. They dont tend to break but do jump around. I would wait until it really annoys you.

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    thanks Cam.
    regards, Lo.

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    Let us know how it went (the removal of the binnacle, that is).

    I have managed to snap an Si speedo cable sheath where it goes into the plastic bit at the end (the bit that clips onto the back of the binnacle), because the cable goes through a metal bracket and can't come out far enough to allow proper access behind the cluster, so you'll probably have to disconnect it blindly by feel.

    I would be curious if you find the cable damaged or the sheath. I have suspicions the symptom you describe (and I have noticed in both my GTI and wife's Mi16) is from the cable getting caught inside the sheath and twisting, then springing back to shape and so on. Mine seems to cure itself and then have another relapse mainly after the car has been sitting for a while, wife's does it consistently under 60-70km/h and goes normal above.
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    thanks Schlitz for that detailed info. I'll let you know how it goes.
    not that I have any intention of doing anything until it's warmer outside.
    speaking of which, the cable was vocal again this morning, going out in
    the cold and damp, and silent when returning in relative warmth.
    regards, Lo.

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