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sector51

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Registered: 04/03/04
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I have a 73 super beetle. When my dad was driving here to California from New York he said the speedometer went out. I tried to look at the speedometer cable in the front left and you can practically pull out the cable out of the dust cap or whatever you call it. Any ideas?
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Depending on what condition the little rectangular peg at the end of the cable is (if you can pull it all the way through, it's not good) you might need a new speedo-cable assembly. It's a little bit of a pain in the butt to route the new one, but it can be done. Just unscrew the old cable from the back of your speedo and try to feel around the underside of your car to get a vague idea of where you need to feed the cable through from the inside of your trunk (you have to feed it into a hole that's about an inch and a half in diameter, and from there it travels through a small hollow cavity until it emerges again on the underside of your car. So, knowing at least which direction your cable needs to go helps). And don't forget your c-clip that goes on the outside of the dust cap to keep the cable from falling out of the back side of your wheel. Your parts store will more than likely ask you if you need one.
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sector51

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do you think its just the c-clip?

tomorrow i will take pictures of the speedometer cable in the front left. Ill try to see if i can take the whole speedometer cable out of the dust cap and take a picture of that also.

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MIkeL

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Reply with quote  #4 
Hi,

If you unscrew the Speedo cable from the back of the speedometer, you can tell if the calbe is busted by either rolling the car or spinning the left from wheel and watching the Speedo end of the cable to see if the cable turns.

If it needs replacement try this:

Use a bold cutter to cut the speedo head off the old cable. Then tape the Square peg (wheel end) of the new cable to the remaining section of of original cable up near the speedo. Pull the old cable from underneath the car and it will snake the new cable right into place for you. Then just hook up you speedo and and install the other into the wheel. You may need a new dust cap and clip as well.

I just did this on my 74 Super on Wednesday. Whole thing took about 45 minutes.

Good Luck,
Mike



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space_age_cesar

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Reply with quote  #5 
Well, we need to know in which direction your cable is falling out of your dust cap. If it's falling out of the outboard side (I mean if you pull on it, will you get speedo-cable coming out of your dust cap). If it's falling out of the inboard side of you wheel and you have to keep reinstalling it, but it doesn't push all the way through like I mentioned before, then all you need is the c-clip to keep it in place. Also, another thing to check for is to make sure that the peg at the end of your cable is properly engaged by your dust cap and you can do this by simply grabbing hold of the peg and trying to spin it while it's installed in the dust cap.
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sector51

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Reply with quote  #6 
is the speedometer cable dust cap end suppose to look like this?

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Reply with quote  #7 
No, it should have a little square on the end, about the same size as the square on the dust cap. You slide it through there and then use a little horse shoe clip to attach it. If you are missing the clips, buy a couple, b/c they like to shoot out of your hand during install and are hard to find. I think you need a new cable. What I recommend doing is tying a piece of string to the end that attaches to the wheel and then pull it out where the speedometer cable mounts to the speedo. Then when you need to re-install attach the end of the speedo cable that attaches to the wheels with the string. Then pull the string back through the other way towards the wheel. This will save you time and effort. Good Luck!
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sector51

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i fixed the speedometer. I bought a speedometer cable and c-clip. Installed them and now it works fabulously.
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73superman

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Reply with quote  #9 
Are the little c-clips readily available? I broke mine taking it off, and can't find them anywhere online. Should I try a store like autozone or checker? or do I have to go to the VW shop in town?

Will

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NoH2O

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Reply with quote  #10 
Hey Will, I'm guessing you've got a 73, hence the name! MidAmerica Motorworks has everything you need. Speedo is $9.99 and grommet and clip kit is like $2.99 Almost all of these companies offer free catalogs, so hit them all up and add to the pile. There's a link at the top of the screen for MidAmerica. You have to wait for it to come around, but it's there. Good Luck man!
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