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PostSubject: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:03 pm

Ok, now that my ears have stopped ringing and I can think. I need some help. When I first got my super beetle it had a broken speedo cable. I bought a new one and replaced it. The speedo worked fine for a few weeks and then started making noise and the needle started jumping. So I pulled the cable and re-lubbed and it got better till yesterday. Noise was back and so was the bouncy needle. So on the way to work I resided myself to fixing it once home. BBUUUUUTTTTT on the way home there came such a terrible scream from the dash that I thought that my ears were gonna bleed. I called my wife so someone could here the horrible screams!!! It was too much to bare. Now what is pissing me off is that I am in the middle of fixing my gas milage problem and was on the verge of breaking 200 miles on this tank. I did not want to pull off the hyway and pull the cable. So with the screams still in my ear, in rush hour traffic I am trying to nurse 6 more miles on the od to get my 200+ miles. Now at this point I am starting to worry about a possible dash fire cause something is spinning way too fast. AAAAANNNNDDDD since my dash lights are marginal at best I cant hear to see anything straight. I break the flash light out of the dash spy the od and its turning so fast that time is sure to stop and head backwards if I dont get off and pull the cable.... so as the title states WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:05 pm

By the way my od was 85932 when I left work, I drove 10 miles b4 pulling the cable. Now the od reads 89012 affraid affraid affraid SMOKIN
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:14 pm

And another thing!! My bug came with the original owners manual. In the manual is the dealer stamp area where the dealer stamps and signs when you get your service done. Now none of mine have been stamped except the first but I did notice that the third stamps says replace speedometer!!! Not check, not repair, REPLACE.... WHAT THE HELL IS THAT ALL ABOUT!!!.... Ok rant is over...any help?? Breck
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:28 pm

UM...

If it was me, and I am just sayin' if it was me, I would put a nice STACK spedo in the thing.

Nice and smooth and they go up to 160MPH. Wink

Of coarse you will have to put your own indicator lights in...

BUT I understand the stock thing, but I am no help there.

Sounds like your spedo is shot though. New internals.

There are some dudes that rebuild them...

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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:38 pm

160MPH!!!!! I dont think my bug is safe at a 160!! affraid
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:03 pm

Everything smooths out at 97, trust me. Shocked

And at 110 there is no pain should something happen, You will just be transported to the great VW drag strip in the sky... flower

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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:42 pm

The great thing about with your bug to run right is that you are now capable of entering hyperspace, but it is hard on speedos......You probably need a new (or new/used) one.
Sounds like like you're getting around 3000 MPG!
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:08 am

i think the super beetle lifts off at about 120
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:45 am

I went through the same routine replacing the cable, but it turned out to be the speedo itself. It is possible to carefully take one apart (at least I did in my T3) lube it, and put it all back together again. Actually there is a offset gear that is likely the culprit. That gear can be cleaned and lubed without much dissassembly. Worth a try anyway. Very tricky to get one all taken apart back together again. I muffed mine, and needed a replacement, but it didn't whine anymore. I messed up and bent the very tiny main shaft. The gears work smoothly.

Oh, an '80 Vanagon Westy starts to lift off at about 92 MPH. Fortunately it won't get to that speed without a little assist from gravity.
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PostSubject: Re: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!!   Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:50 pm

I'm with you Jeff. I've taken apart, cleaned and greased speedos. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don't...... Can't hurt to try!
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