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181 Gears
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 9:10 am    Post subject: Speedometer Quits... Reply with quote

Greetings all! Spring has arrived and that means top-down Type 181 driving.

Saturday I noticed that my speedometer had stopped working. When I returned home I looked at the connection to the front wheel. It seemed attached and fine.

It take it there is much more to assessing the problem here. Any ideas about how to troubleshoot this 181 gurus?
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 8:54 am    Post subject: Speedometer Quits... Reply with quote

well just looking at the hub connection won't tell if it is stripped out or not,.i suggest you take the cap off and inspect at the cap and the speedo end. if both look ok, then pull the cable from the back of the speedo and turn it,watching the other end (if both turn it's not the cable,)
try those
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 7:53 am    Post subject: Speedometer Quits... Reply with quote

Will do Foxx4086. Thanks for the info. I'll let you know how this pans out...hopefully I won't need a speedometer rebuild.

t h a n k s
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2003 5:24 pm    Post subject: Speedometer Quits... Reply with quote

A plastic gear inside the speedo often cracks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 8:08 am    Post subject: Speedometer Quits... Reply with quote

Thanks Nick! You're totally right. Thankfully, those little gears were still intact. It turns out I just needed a new cable. Why would VW make such small gears out of plastic anyway? Dumb question...I know. We drive a vehicle called the Thing.

Foxx4086 -- thanks again. I finally did all the recommended troubleshooting and you were right. I changed it myself a few weekends ago.

o u t
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