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Speedometer cable lubricant

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oleskool, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. oleskool
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    :confused: What is the best lubricant to use on a speedometer cable?
    :)Thanks for your input.
  2. 29nash
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    Just about any grease.
  3. bobscogin
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    Don't know what's best. but I've always gotten good results from white lithium grease.

    Bob
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    Graphite in a spray can. Can be found in Lowe's or Home Depot. Just did mine a couple of months ago and had good results.
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    Xs-2 on white-lithium grease
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    Any Lithium-Based Grease will work best. Always clean the cable with solvent and blow dry (or air dry) it, then add the new Lithium grease.
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    Grease eventually hardens and the speedo will start to jump around, go to a parts store and ask for 30ND motor oil {non detergent} 30 weight, saturate the inner cable when assembling it. I use 30 ND because any multi visc oil 10-40 will dry up because it has detergent in it.
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    +1 that is all I have used for the past 45 years.
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    O'Reilly's Auto Parts actually sells a SPEEDOMETER CABLE lubicant. It comes in a small tube ... costs about $2.50 or so and I just bought some a few days ago for the speedometer in my 32 roadster.

    After 15 years on the road ... the cable has a slight twitch and need lube.

    I plan to take care of that item tomorrow :D
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    Powdered Graphite comes in a nice little tube like a toothpaste tube with a nice small opening to put into the housing. Never dries out or leaks.
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    The graphite lube that I used made for speedo cables came in a tube mixed with alcohol. The alcohol carried the powdered graphite all the way to the other end of the cable. The alcohol evaporates leaving the dry graphite inside to lubricate the cable. Disconnect both ends and pour it in from the top. When it comes out the bottom end, you know that the entire length got lubricated.
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    graphite is what we always used when i worked at service stations. (remember when service stations did lube and oil changes?)
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    They have been using Grafite ever since Car's were Built
    so I like Grafite & have been using it on All my cars
    since the 50's
    Just my 3.5 cents
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    my Dad told me to use graphite, that was for my first car a Model A, [in 55] ggg
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    Graphite or dry lube. Doesn't dry, gum or cause speedo to run slow when cold.
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    If you can get the cable and housing off the car, do so. Pull the cable out of the housing and clean it as best you can. Suspend the housing so that it hangs straight up and down with a coffee can underneath. Now pour some STP down the housing and let it drip into the coffee can. This will take a while. Reassemble. Enjoy. From an old Model A guy.
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    Think I used Vaseline the last time I did mine, X years ago.

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