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Should I Replace My Speedometer Cluster Myself?

When you look at your dashboard what you are actually looking at is an instrument cluster. Within in the instrument cluster are several individual clusters, or gauges, that produce readings on certain aspects of the car. These readings are to inform you of different aspects of your car that are important for you to know. This information helps you to take care of your car and prevent further damage as well as know when to go to the gas station to fill up.

One of the gauges in the instrument cluster is the speedometer cluster. The purpose of the speedometer gauge is to tell you how fast your car is traveling down the road. The gauge is the most looked at gauge and can prevent you from getting a ticket or causing an accident from going too fast.

From time to time a speedometer cable may wear out. It may need to be replaced or simply greased. One way that you will know that there is likely a problem with your speedometer cable is you will hear a loud ticking sound in your car as you drive down the road. If you hear this sound, it is time to figure out if you need to replace the speedometer cable or if it just needs to be greased.

For those people that fancy themselves mechanically inclined, you can likely change or grease the speedometer cable yourself. This can save you a lot of money if you can do this yourself. You will find the speedometer cable located behind the instrument cluster. You should have some knowledge and resources at your disposal before you try to remove the instrument cluster or the speedometer gauge.

Removal of the speedometer cluster may be different from car to car, but it should be easy to remove on most cars. There are screws that need to be unscrewed before you can remove the speedometer cluster. The user's manual may give you some insight into which screws you need to take out in order to remove the speedometer gauge.

Once the screws are removed you can pull the speedometer out of the instrument cluster. Once you have removed the speedometer from the instrument cluster, you will be able to see all of the cables behind it. Make sure that you get the speedometer cable and not another one. If you pull the wrong cable you will find yourself upset, frustrated, and spending a lot more time than you planned on. If you aren't sure, consult a repair manual before proceeding at this step.

If you are nervous about messing things up on your car, you are probably better off taking it to the auto repair shop and having them do it. If you do not have any auto mechanic experience and do not enjoy puzzles, then attempting this repair is likely to cause more stress than the money saved to do it on your own.

If you decide to take the car to a shop, you can search the internet for repair shops that are near you. You can also use the internet to compare pricing between shops. Even though you will be paying more money than if you did it yourself, you can still save money by getting the best price from shops located near you.


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