[Healeys] angle speedo drive BJ8

Mike Garvey r3m1g4 at verizon.net
Sun May 10 07:52:05 MDT 2015

In the three years that I have owned my BJ8, I have gone through three right
angle speedometer drives.  The failure is that the short coil spring drive
from the transmission to the helical gear fails; it looks like a birds nest
of broken wires.  I am aware of the critical spacer washer that must not be
forgotten; in fact, this last time, I put in two spacer washers, trying to
overcome any marginal tolerance issues.  I also lubricated the speedometer
cable liberally with lithium grease.
I checked the autox archive and this question went around in 2009; at the
time, the remedy was to use only graphite (no grease) to lubricate the
speedometer cable.  Is this still the conventional wisdom?  Any advice on
how to clean out the outer part of the speedometer cable?
Thanks, Mike 
Michael Garvey
1967 BJ8/38046
Swampscott, MA
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