Car Speedometer Cable Replacement Hamilton
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Car Speedometer Cable Replacement Hamilton

What does the speedometer cable do?Car speedometer cable replacement in Hamilton

Most modern cars use electronic speedometers, which don’t have a speedometer cable. However, there are still a large number of older vehicles with analog speedometers equipped.

In non-electronic speedometers, a long cable runs from the transmission to the speedometer assembly. The speedometer cable moves according to the activity of the transmission and the driveshaft. This creates an electromagnetic current which interacts with the speedometer magnet to show your current speed.

Learn more about how speedometers work


Causes of a broken speedometer cable:

Since the speedometer cable is constantly being used it can become worn and fail over time. There are several things that can cause the speedometer cable to break. These include:

  • A snapped cable due to extended use over time.
  • Twists or bends in the cable
  • Oil or other contaminants damaging the cable.


Symptoms of a failing speedometer cable:

  • Speedometer fluctuating – When the cable begins to fail, it can cause the signal from the transmission to be interpreted incorrectly. This can lead to the speed displayed on the speedometer to fluctuate while driving, especially at higher speeds.
  • Speedometer does not work – When the cable breaks, there will be no signal. This can will cause the speedometer to not move at all.
  • Grinding or squealing noises – A failing cable may produce noises from your dashboard. These noises are caused by wear which is causing the cable to stretch, bend or function incorrectly.
  • Dashboard warning lights – In some cars, a faulty speedometer cable will cause a warning light such as the check engine light to appear on your dashboard.


Is it safe to drive with a damaged speedometer cable?

A damaged speedometer cable won’t affect the way your car drives. However, it is important that you are able to see what speed you are going while you are driving. This allows you to judge how long it will take you to stop.

Not being able to see your speed can also cause you to accidentally speed, resulting in an increased risk of getting a speeding ticket.

Please Note – you will require a working speedometer in order to pass a Warrant of Fitness (WoF).


Speedometer Cable Replacement & Repairs in Hamilton

Is your car in need of a speedometer cable replacement? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our team of skilled mechanics can inspect your speedometer system and determine if the speedometer cable isn’t working correctly. If the cable needs to be replaced, we can install a new one for you.

For speedometer cable repairs or replacement in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!



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