Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online! Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online!
Automotive Forums .com - the leading automotive community online! 
-
Latest | 0 Rplys
Go Back   Automotive Forums .com Car Chat > Chevrolet > Caprice
Reply Show Printable Version Show Printable Version | Email this Page Email this Page | Subscription Subscribe to this Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-18-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
Jeffesong
AF Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Scottsdlae, Alaska
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

Anyone replace their speedo cable? Mine leaks everywhere and the speedomoeter actually fluctuates rapidly when I drive. It leaks so much fluid I cant drive the car anymore.
Jeffesong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
caffeineaholic
AF Regular
 
caffeineaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 108
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: 1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

I had to replace my spedo cable a while back for my '85 Caprice, but there was no fluid in it and if I remember right it had graphite in it for lubrication -- perhaps this isn't normal either? I'm not a mechanic and wish I could be more help; if I were to guess I would guess that something is wrong with the transmission and that tranny fluid is leaking into the cable...

What does the fluid look like or smell like? Is it a dark brown or red? More details would help; also when did the problem start? Does the transmission have any known issues?
__________________
1985 Chevy Caprice small-block V8 305ci (5.0L) - 4-Barrel Q-Jet (E4ME) - 700R4 - 115k+ mi. - resonator and A/C components deleted.
Driven in severe weather most of the year (Arizona 100+ degrees during summer heat or in wet weather especially in harsh monsoons). About 30/70 highway/city driving.
caffeineaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 06:02 PM   #3
MagicRat
Nothing scares me anymore
 
MagicRat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: City of Light
Posts: 10,700
Thanks: 12
Thanked 79 Times in 74 Posts
Re: 1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

The cable is not designed to seal oil in.
It's the speedo drive gear in the transmission tailstock that does the sealing.... and I think thats where your leak originates.
MagicRat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
j cAT
AF Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: EVERETT, Massachusetts
Posts: 10,848
Thanks: 6
Thanked 432 Times in 431 Posts
Re: 1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffesong View Post
Anyone replace their speedo cable? Mine leaks everywhere and the speedomoeter actually fluctuates rapidly when I drive. It leaks so much fluid I cant drive the car anymore.
the as mentioned tail shaft area of your transmission needs a O ring,,,where the cable is mounted...this is a small cost fix...I think one fastener and one O ring....

with this leaking usually the other seals must be leaking....
j cAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2009, 08:02 PM   #5
Jeffesong
AF Newbie
Thread starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Scottsdlae, Alaska
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: 1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

Thanks all for responding. I took the car in a had the front, rear and speedo seals replaced. No more leaking!
Jeffesong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2009, 09:56 PM   #6
j cAT
AF Fanatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: EVERETT, Massachusetts
Posts: 10,848
Thanks: 6
Thanked 432 Times in 431 Posts
Re: 1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffesong View Post
Thanks all for responding. I took the car in a had the front, rear and speedo seals replaced. No more leaking!
thats what I thought,,,it was not that expensive a fix..usually..

with this type of transmission and age ..I use a product called transmedic..I have a few 12 oz bottles for tranny leaks...

recently my sons manual 5speed tranny had leaks all over...not large but did leave spots on the pavement..one oz/quart of capacity...no more leaks after a few days...with automatic transmissions the use of this at every fluid replacement has prevented any of my vehicles from leaking over 100,000's of miles...


once these seals start splitting though its time to replace...
j cAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2009, 10:55 PM   #7
Blt2Lst
AF Enthusiast
 
Blt2Lst's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: redondo beach, California
Posts: 646
Thanks: 4
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Re: 1985 Caprice leaks at speedometer cable

If your speedo needle is still bouncing, you will need to disassemble and lube your speedo cable.
__________________
1989 Caprice Classic Wagon, Olds 307 ,SMI Q-Jet, 200R4 w/Shift kit, Flowmaster 50, Hotchkiss sway bars, KYB Shocks. Jet Chip,
1989 Mustang LX 5.0 5sp convertible
1992 Camry LE 2.2
1996 Suzuki RMX250


I'm a victim of circumstance [
Blt2Lst is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

POST REPLY TO THIS THREAD


Bookmarks

Tags
cable, speedomeeter
Go Back   Automotive Forums .com Car Chat > Chevrolet > Caprice

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:04 AM.

Community Participation Guidelines | How to use your User Control Panel

Powered by: vBulletin | Copyright Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
 
 
no new posts