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#1 marksmini

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 08:14 PM

ok a lad at my work has just got him self a mini clubman,

now hes had some probs with it eg lights going out lol etc.. due to poor conections to the fules etc.. but thats ok now.

now he said the speed-o packed up on his way home from picking it up today, and he came to work still N/W now its ok, but we would like to no, any ideas why,

and no i havent had a look as yet (havent had time)

he will be joining up soon so he will see this post, but any ideas anyone?

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 08:32 PM

sounds like the speedo cable could well have come off the speedo housing at the speedo end, then slipped back on again. Check that the connection from the cable to the speedo gauge is secure behind the dash.

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 08:39 PM

sounds like loose speedo cable, stick your hand down the back of the right side of the engine (when its not hot of course) and you should be able to feel for the speedo drive connection, undo it and check the square/tapered end to look for damage, do the same with the bit connecting to the speedo binnacle. be sure when its put back on that it goes on square, as twice mine shredded the thread on the drive, and i had to replace it.

mine used to do the same, replaced the cable for about 7 quid and its worked fine ever since.

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 11:14 PM

Hi, i am the lad from work mark was talking about. Thanx for the replies, will have a proper look tomorow. The speedo seems to work for about 5 miles then starts rattling from the bulkhead area and packs up. Does sound like cable fault as has been said. Thanx, marc

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 10:22 AM

Yup definitely the cable then (at the speedo end if the noise is comin from the bulkhead). When worn/dry it will also usually squeak every so often!

New cable is about 5-6 quid, but replacing it can be a VERY fiddly job at the gearbox end if you don't know where it is and have big forearms :lol:

Thought of going to Centre-Speedo setup? I think clubmans with centre speedo's look ultimate (since they never actually came with that setup!)

Welcome to the forum by the way! :ohno:

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 05:56 PM

as a single male..i have big forearms :ohno: and have done this a couple of times......the trick i found was to either grease your arm with engine grease...or vaseline...then it slips down to where you need to get to like a vets arm up a sheeps thingummy!!!! :lol:

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 06:44 PM

:grin:

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 10:46 PM

Tip: If u do change the cable put your rightthumb over the clock end when shoving the gearbox end in with your left hand.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 11:40 AM

it stopes the inner cable from pushing out and not locating in the female frive on the box

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 01:46 PM

"Speedo not always working right"

I thought this was a technical problem about bathing suits.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 05:41 PM

:ohno:

Thanks every1, the speedo has now been working fine for the last two days and i havent even touched it yet!! Mini's! :lol:

Anyway, i'll leave it well alone until it does stop workin or it'll probly cause more problems and there are more important and urgent things to fix first




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