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Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? #5368812 03/06/20 10:22 AM
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Hi,

What product is needed to properly lubricate the speedometer cable/wire in such a way, that it will last at least 100000 miles (daily driver summer and winter)?

Does anyone have some hands on real world experience - not just from show cars that run a few hundred miles a year during summer conditions only?

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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5368822 03/06/20 10:30 AM
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Pull cable out from top and lube with light grease

Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5368831 03/06/20 10:39 AM
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Ditto. I was told the same thing by the guys at Bob's Speedometer Shop.

Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5368852 03/06/20 10:54 AM
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I pulled mine out on my 88 f-150 and lubed it with a wax chain lube with good results.


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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5368891 03/06/20 11:31 AM
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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5368978 03/06/20 01:47 PM
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I used white lithium on mine back in the day, but I don’t think any of the vehicles went 100K after doing it.


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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5368996 03/06/20 02:07 PM
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While I've heard many suppliers recommend Lithium grease on cables, I always used a liquid graphite lubricant, like Lock-Ease. The liquid carrier evaporates, and the graphite alone does not attract dirt that could make the cable-core seize or bind.

I always dribbled the graphite lube onto the cable core while pushing the core into the sheath.


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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5369091 03/06/20 03:52 PM
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Sharp bends will greatly shorten the life of the cable. Route it with as wide a radius as it can.

Back in the days of speedometer cables, no moving part of the car was expected to last 100,000 miles.

Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5369121 03/06/20 04:30 PM
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Pull it out, clean with alcohol and lubricate with graphite and reinstall.


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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5369286 03/06/20 07:37 PM
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Graphite.


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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: PowerSurge] #5383631 03/23/20 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by PowerSurge
Graphite.

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Re: Speedometer cable: How to lubricate? [Re: LucasDK] #5383819 03/23/20 03:13 PM
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If you pull the inner cable just about any type of lube will help, but by the time you are having issues the wear that the cable has produced on the inside of the plastic casing allows play in the cable. All you are doing is buying some time, but the best approach is to replace the cable, assuming it's not an onerous job to do so.

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