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Old July 31st, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Defender 90 1995 odometer broken

Apologies if an thread already cover this but I couldn't find it ...

My new ( to me anyway ) D90 has a faulty speedo / odometer.

It was bouncing when I test drove it but now I paid the money it seems to have died completely!

Any guidance or suggestions on a likely solution?

I wouldn't be overly worried normally but the fuel gauge also seems to have a mind of it's own!

PS a few pictures on my new baby!!

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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:47 PM
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My truck was probably in the train station garage to the right of when you took the pics--i use it for my commute to the train. Congrats on the pickup. Elaborate on what's happening--is the speedometer also not working? When I blew a fuse, both of them stopped working. I'm sure others will chime in with more mechanically sound advice. I think you'll really enjoy the truck.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:59 PM
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Thanks!

OK so the speedo is a mechanical odometer type and neither the mileage increments nor the speed is indicated. It did partially work when I test drove it but the speed indicator needle bounced up and down instead of reading a steady speed.

( If I ever sell this car and people read this ... I'm fixing it as fast as I can! )

I assume that the mechanical odometer type would mean a good old fashioned spininng drive cable type of setup??

Should I just buy a new drive cable ?

Any clues as to part numbers?

Fitting advice ... if I should buy a book and RTFM ... just point me in the right direction!
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Old July 31st, 2009, 06:41 PM
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Yep, it's a good old-fashioned spinny cable type..... just with an odd size and odd connector. I'd start with pulling the cable out to check if it's broken.

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Old August 1st, 2009, 07:59 AM
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Thanks Hans ... I only managed to find a workshop manual for a 97 which would appear to have a different type of speedo ... I'll take the dash top apart and take a look ... but where is the other end of the cable located?
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You need to pull the guage cluster out - four screws. Check and see if it is connected. Then go down under and check the connections - two are hidden behind a little heat shield and other into a little port on the transfer case. On transfer case cable has a square profile and fits into a gear - gear may need changing.
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The cable routes through the dash, down to the vehicle speed sensor, which is above the transmission crossmember. Then a shorter cable goes from there to the transfer case. So you may need to check both cables.

Just be careful when you pull the dash cluster out. The lighting for the speedo is easy to break, as is the cable housing. The connector pulls straight back from the speedo and unsnaps, no need to twist.

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Jason,
I've had that speedo cable pull out and cause that issue...just try pushing it back on first to see if it was that and nothing more serioius...
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 07:29 PM
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Thanks all ... just checked my car into a land rover specialists in Queens ... after a few days of ownership I started to find a list of faults that need rectifying ... The guy Ricardo was super helpful and is going to give the car a good look over ... Living in Manhattan I'm struggling to work on the car ... hopefully that will be rectified by a relative buying a house soon!

I did change my door locks in the street on Sunday in TriBeCa so I guess I'm not a total flake!
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