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#1 JonnyAlpha

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 03:02 PM

Hi,

My speedo stopped working on my 1982 HLE 1000 Saloon. On checking the cable had snapped just behind the instrument panel.

I bought a replacement from MiniSpares (Clubman).
After a lot of scratching heads poking and fiddling we managed to get the old one off of the GearBox. (Nearly as hard as fitting new front brake hoses). We fitted the new one and it seems to be in far enough. When I check the rear of the instrument panel the old piece was still in place. The old inner cable seemed to have a white plastic piece at the end of the cable that terminates in a small square drive. The new one is metal all the way, the outer shroud has a round plastic clip that clips into the ear of the speed. The gearbox ends at the same.

Anyway after fitting it a quick drive and it's still not working. Before we packed everything away and put the LH when on I recon I should have spun the wheels to see if the speedo moved? Could it be that it's just not done up enough at the gearbo? Problem is I can't get it any tighter.

#2 unburntfuelinthemorning

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 03:23 PM

Push the vehicle along in fourth gear with the cable disconnected from the speedo and see if the inner cable turns.  If not there's a problem at the gearbox end.



#3 Dusky

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 04:51 PM

Dont need to be in gear.

#4 unburntfuelinthemorning

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 06:55 PM

Dont need to be in gear.

Good point!



#5 CUBBACUB

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 08:37 AM

Did you get this sorted? My Speedo has gone a bit nuts. Originally the odometer wasn't working then the fuel gauge stopped working. Out the blue the other day the Fuel gauge starting working again and I just assumed it must have been a bit of loose wiring somewhere. The next day the Speedometer itself is no longer working! 



#6 Steve220

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 08:46 AM

Speedo isn't electronic, so your 2 issues don't seem to be related.

#7 JonnyAlpha

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 01:07 PM

 

Dont need to be in gear.

Good point!

 

 

If I jack up the car and spin one of the wheels should this spin the speedo?



#8 Moke Spider

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 07:31 PM

It sounds to me like the Speedo head itself has seized and that probably should be looked at first.



#9 JonnyAlpha

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 02:09 PM

OK so I finally got around to disconnecting the cable at the speedo and went for a drive. Cable not spinning, so I reckon it's not inserted enough at the gearbox. I'll take the engine out next weekend as that's the only way of doing it properly!!!!!
Joking of course, need to ask the garage if I can get it up on the ramps.




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