speedometer gear noise

Mopar General Discussions

  1. 1973 valiant

    1973 valiant 1973 valiant

    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2020
    Location:
    Raleigh north carolina
    Local Time:
    9:40 AM
    I have a 73 Plymouth duster took it for a drive after 40 MPH make a screeching gear noise in the cluster, needle was bouncing.around like crazy , then after I stopped the car and drove it back home the noise stopped and the speedo needle went back to normal , can anybody tell me if this happened to anyone , should I be looking to buy a speedo cluster any help will do thanks
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Tooljunkie

      Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

      Messages:
      20,571
      Likes Received:
      22993
      Joined:
      Jul 22, 2017
      Location:
      Manitoba
      Local Time:
      8:40 AM
      Did you have speedo cable off on either end? Or do something under dash? I had one years ago that did it a few times then it was fine. But it was extreme cold.
       
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • 1973 valiant

        1973 valiant 1973 valiant

        Messages:
        57
        Likes Received:
        5
        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2020
        Location:
        Raleigh north carolina
        Local Time:
        9:40 AM
         
      • Dana67Dart

        Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        8,305
        Likes Received:
        5823
        Joined:
        Jul 16, 2017
        Location:
        Northern Colorado
        Local Time:
        7:40 AM
        Have you done anything under the dash lately?

        I have heard of the spedo cable being tensioned up or down and causing the internals of the speedo to make contact with parts it should not.
         
      • 1973 valiant

        1973 valiant 1973 valiant

        Messages:
        57
        Likes Received:
        5
        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2020
        Location:
        Raleigh north carolina
        Local Time:
        9:40 AM
         
      • 1973 valiant

        1973 valiant 1973 valiant

        Messages:
        57
        Likes Received:
        5
        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2020
        Location:
        Raleigh north carolina
        Local Time:
        9:40 AM
         
      • 1973 valiant

        1973 valiant 1973 valiant

        Messages:
        57
        Likes Received:
        5
        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2020
        Location:
        Raleigh north carolina
        Local Time:
        9:40 AM
        it was cold today I had the cluster out in the summer to change some bulbs but I made sure the cable was connected
         
      • 1973 valiant

        1973 valiant 1973 valiant

        Messages:
        57
        Likes Received:
        5
        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2020
        Location:
        Raleigh north carolina
        Local Time:
        9:40 AM
         
      • 1973 valiant

        1973 valiant 1973 valiant

        Messages:
        57
        Likes Received:
        5
        Joined:
        Oct 16, 2020
        Location:
        Raleigh north carolina
        Local Time:
        9:40 AM
        I better check the cables on both ends the noise was under the dash like gear to gear high pitch grinding
         
      • Tooljunkie

        Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        20,571
        Likes Received:
        22993
        Joined:
        Jul 22, 2017
        Location:
        Manitoba
        Local Time:
        8:40 AM
        Squealing bushing. I have no idea if anything in speedo can be lubricated and with what.
         
        • Like Like x 1
        • MOPAROFFICIAL

          MOPAROFFICIAL FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          10,140
          Likes Received:
          9505
          Joined:
          Jun 1, 2016
          Location:
          Oceanside ca.
          Local Time:
          6:40 AM
          Try some graphite on the cable.
           
          • Agree Agree x 1
          • 1973 valiant

            1973 valiant 1973 valiant

            Messages:
            57
            Likes Received:
            5
            Joined:
            Oct 16, 2020
            Location:
            Raleigh north carolina
            Local Time:
            9:40 AM
             
          • 1973 valiant

            1973 valiant 1973 valiant

            Messages:
            57
            Likes Received:
            5
            Joined:
            Oct 16, 2020
            Location:
            Raleigh north carolina
            Local Time:
            9:40 AM
            thanks I will give it a try
             
          • Bewy

            Bewy Well-Known Member

            Messages:
            1,535
            Likes Received:
            983
            Joined:
            Jan 1, 2021
            Location:
            Australia
            Local Time:
            1:40 AM
            Sounds like one of the strands in the speedo cable broke, getting caught on the outer casing, making the speedo flick. Strand has probably broken off now or got bent so that it is no longer causing a problem.
             
            • Agree Agree x 1
            • Ironracer

              Ironracer Gearhead

              Messages:
              3,305
              Likes Received:
              2412
              Joined:
              May 8, 2020
              Location:
              Tampa Bay Florida
              Local Time:
              9:40 AM
              I've had it happen, more than once, I more than one car. Usually heals up on its own. It is kinda freaky, for a split second, once you realize it's just the speedo cable, it ain't nothing
               
            • ESP47

              ESP47 Well-Known Member

              Messages:
              1,889
              Likes Received:
              388
              Joined:
              Jul 3, 2009
              Location:
              Sacramento, CA
              Local Time:
              6:40 AM
              Mix some powdered graphite with white lithium grease and lube the cable with it. Slantsixdan did a writeup on the slantsix.org forum years ago on it and it works.
               
              • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
              • Johnny Mac

                Johnny Mac www.blueprintengines.com FABO Vendor

                Messages:
                4,047
                Likes Received:
                3392
                Joined:
                Jul 10, 2010
                Location:
                OHIO
                Local Time:
                9:40 AM
                I have had cables sound terrible. Never had an actual gear or speedo make noise, but I suppose it can happen. Rock auto has speedo cables for $8.
                 
              1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.