August 18, 2004

Speedometer Cable Removal

Before I removed the speedometer cable, I wanted to consult the Hayne's manual before I attempted anything. According to the directions, it looked relatively easy:

Here's what they say:

1. On pre-1973 models and 1973 and later non-Super Beetle models, open the front hood and remove the protective cover from the instrument panel.

Ours didn't have a protective cover

2. On 1973 and later Super Beetle models and convertibles, remove the instrument panel switch cluster (see Section 10).

Didn't have to worry about this, ours is a 1966

3. Working from the luggage compartment side on all pre-1973 models and 1973 and later non-Super Beetle models, or through the hole for the switch cluster on 1973 and later Super Beetle models and convertibles, unscrew the threaded fitting that attaches the speedometer cable to the speedometer assembly.

I did this earlier

4. Remove the circlip or cotter pin which secures the end of the speedometer cable to the wheel bearing dust cap (see illustration)

I don't have the illustration. I do, however, have a picture I took of the cotter pin on our wheel bearing dust cap:

I used a pair of pliers and it was no problem removing the cotter pin. Since it is easily replaced, I didn't mind it getting mangled.

5. Working from the back side of the wheel, pull the cable out of the steering knuckle.

Easier said than done. That thing has been in there for 30+ years. It didn't want to budge. A slight tap on the part that was sticking out from the dust cap helped dislodge it, so I could pull it out.

6. On pre-1973 models and 1973 and later non-Super Beetle models, pull the cable out of the guide channel, through the grommet in the vehicle body and out through the luggage compartment. On 1973 and later Super Beetles and convertibles, pull the cable through the hole in the dash.

Once I got it cleared of the steering knuckle, the rest was no problem:

The rest of the steps are for re-installing the cable. We don't need that right now.

While I was at it, I sprayed the bolts on the steering linkage. The one that's circled will be removed, so that we can take out the steering column.

Posted by Valkyre at August 18, 2004 11:34 PM