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Old 11-29-2004, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am replacing the speedometer cable on my 67 289 C4 fastback. I went to buy cable lubricant and was told it is no longer available since everything today is electronic. What can I use in it's place? I have a can of Silicone Spray, can I use that? If not, What
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nothing liquid.It collects at the low spots and turns to yuk.You need graphite.Any FORD store should be able to get it for you.
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. I'll check with my local Ford dealer tomorrow.
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used lubriplate also
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Old 11-29-2004, 10:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Johnpro suggested the following which works just fine. I used Marvel's Mystery Oil to lube the cable in my 65. I put the oil in a coffee can and let the cable soak in it for a while. Then I installed it. No more needle-jumping.
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Old 11-29-2004, 11:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Graphite would be a good choice after the cable is cleaned of old gunk. Be aware it will be a very messy job especially with graphite powder, that stuff gets everywhere it ain't supposed to.
I have seen/used a teflon powder lubricant that comes in a small plastic tube with excellent results. It's much cleaner than graphite. That would be my choice. Trouble is I can't remember anything else about it.
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Old 11-29-2004, 11:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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few years ago i was looking for a lube to quite down a real nice squeel in a toyota truck speedo cable. found a small tube of lube at the local auto store that said it was good for speedo cables (that was in small print and didn't jump out at ya) . turned out to be some kind of liquid graphite stuff, i think that the graphite was only suspended in the liquid, that would later evaporate but that is only a guess. got ride of the squeeel and smoothed out the speedo needle as well.
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I have also used a graphite spray on tach drive cables and that has lasted a couple years now.
Take the cable out roll it up on a cloth and spray it.
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