Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Speedometer Cable



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Follow the appropriate procedure given previously for removal of the combination meter.
  5. Safely raise the car and support it on jackstands.

Depending on the length of your arm, you may be able to reach the cable connection at the transmission/transaxle without raising the car, but it is usually easier with the car elevated.

  1. Disconnect the cable fitting at the transmission/transaxle and lift the cable and case away from the transmission/transaxle.
  3. Follow the cable back to the firewall, releasing any clips or retainers.
  5. From inside the car, work the speedometer cable through the grommet in the firewall into the engine compartment. It may be necessary to pop the grommet out of the firewall and transfer it to the new cable.

To install:
  1. When installing, track the new cable into position, remembering to attach the grommet to the firewall securely. Make absolutely certain that the cable is not kinked, or routed near hot or moving parts. All curves in the cable should be very gentle and not located near the ends. The speedometer cable inside the housing should be lubricated before installing it.
  3. Attach any retaining clips, brackets or retainers, beginning from the middle of the cable and working towards each end.
  5. Attach the cable to the transmission/transaxle. Remember that the cable has a formed, square end on it. This shaped end must fit into a matching hole in the transmission/transaxle mount. Don't try to force the cable collar (screw fitting) into place if the cable isn't seated properly.
  7. Lower the car to the ground.
  9. Attach the speedometer cable to the combination meter, again paying close attention to the fit of the square-cut end into the square hole. Don't force the cable retainer or you'll break the clips.
  11. Reinstall the combination meter following procedures outlined previously. Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.