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Username Post: Broken or stuck odometer        (Topic#357018)
Posts: 13

Age: 63
Reg: 03-13-19
06-29-19 11:17 AM - Post#2769512    

For about the last couple hundred miles my speedometer was acting weird. At times it would suddenly start to swing wildly. At the same time it would make screeching noise. This would come and go, happening some days but not other days. When it hit 59999.9 miles the odometer stuck, the screeching went away, but the speedometer would always swing wildly. (From 0 to 90, and back and forth) Seemed to me the obvious thing to do was to replace the speedometer cable, which I did this morning. That fixed the speedometer, but my odometer is still stuck at 59999.9 miles. How hard is it to fix an odometer? Can you even buy a replacement? Is this something that can be taken apart, oiled and made unstuck? Anyone have any experience with this?

(And also obviously, I could just not fix it. If it's a major chore to fix I probably won't, but would like to fix it if there is a simple way to do so.)



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Loc: Northeast CT
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06-29-19 06:53 PM - Post#2769541    
    In response to ChipB

The most difficult part is removing the speedometer cluster from the dash. Once you have it out, you can disassemble the speedometer from the housing with a 1/4" drive socket set. Not difficult at all. Once you have it stripped down to the point where you can see the odometer, removing it is done by lifting up on the retaining clip on the left side. This holds the odometer in place. You then lift it from the left, and gently disengage the drive gear. On the bottom of the odometer, you will find that it has tabs that hold the wheels in place. If you gently turn the drive gear, you might be able to get it to turn over to the next number, which will be 60000.0 .. My guess is that it didn't have enough "umph" to do the jump on its own with the defective cable. Before you take everything apart, you can try my old trick, and that is to slap the top of the dash hard with your hand or fist while the truck is moving, and sometimes that is enough to break it loose and to turn over to the next number. Many times I would do this to get all the numbers to align when I new the odometer was going to the next thousand miles on my '64 Chevy.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.

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Loc: Eagan MN
Reg: 06-02-03
07-09-19 05:31 PM - Post#2770325    
    In response to ChipB

It's been awhile but I disassembled my speedometer on my 62. I would suspect a striped nylon gear but sometimes just cleaning all the dirt and gunk, then re lubing all moving parts with a lite instrument oil can make it like new. I was doing a frame-off restore so I took the odometer wheels apart and set them back to all zeros.


Proud owner of My Blue 62 Impala SS


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