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Speedometer removal

(1994 Ford Escort)
in Crystal City, MO on January 21, 2009
My speedometer makes a rattleing noise, and the needle likes to wave at me when I go over forty mph, and usually shows me doing about 10-15 mph over what I really am. I tried pulling the gauges out, but something is holding them in place. I've taken all the screws out. So how do I get it out.
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on January 27, 2009
Usually the speedometer cable gets dry and loud, I would change that before pulling the gauge
on May 02, 2010
Had the same issue with my 99 escort. I ended up replacing the speed sensor and the speedometer. Replace the speed sensor first and see what happens
on December 26, 2014
The cable is probably the problem although I'm not sure about the 10-15 mph discrepancy. You can lubricate the cable easily but getting to it is NOT easy. You'll have to remove the trim panel with the air vents first. You'll need to separate the plastic cover around the steering wheel which has the key switch and turn signal lever passing through it. Then loosen or remove the 4 bolts holding the steering column so you can lower it enough to actually remove the air vent panel. There are 2 wiring plugs on this panel that need to be separated too. Now you have to remove the 4 screws holding the gauge cluster in place. You won't be able to pull the cluster out unless you disconnect the speedometer cable from the transmission which has a small sliding clip that holds it in. Then push the cable through the boot in the firewall until you can pull the cluster back far enough to disconnect the 3 wiring plugs. The cable is held onto the cluster with a plastic collar which pushes to one side so you can pull the cable out. You can't really see how this clip works until you remove it and look inside but it DOES move to one side and you CAN pull the cable housing out of the cluster. Now you can pull the metal cable core out of the outer sleeve and lube the core and spray or drip some lube into the sleeve. Lube the back of the speedometer too. Put it back together just enough to hook the cable back into the transmission and be sure there are no sharp bends or kinks. To test drive it to first to see if the noise is gone you'll have to install the bolts to hold the column up. If you're satisfied then finish the reassembly. I used a teflon spray lube and it worked for me.
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