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 Speedometer cable updated by Mazda 
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What's up all?

So, my speedometer cable broke again and there aren't any MX-3's left in the junkyards near me. Looked for 90's Protege's even Escorts, Tracers, 323's but nothing. I ran out ov ideas for interchangeable parts and just went to Mazda. I only broke the lower cable so I tried to be cheap and order only that one part.

Today I picked up my new lower speed cable and it no longer has the plastic connector, mid cable. It's all metal. Kinda looks like a garden hose connection. I don't think the plastic can be connected to the metal, so I had to order the top half as well. In total about $100 for both.

The moral ov the story; If you are going to replace your speed cable you need the WHOLE updated cable assembly. I guess you could use the old dust boot (I won't know for sure until the part comes in tomorrow).

On the + side, I probably won't have to replace my speedo cable again, EVER. :lol: And, I shouldn't have to worry about it going crazy when it's cold out because the Protege cable isn't sitting right. :freak: GOOD LUCK to all. Happy MX-ing.

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June 07 2019, 3:25 PM
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could you post pic what old vs new looks like

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June 09 2019, 11:05 PM
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I wish I could... :lol: I could never figure out how to post pix here. :shrug: I'm going to try again


Hell if I know.... Trying to post pix on here is beyond me. :crying:

So if you do a google image search for mx-a speedometer cable it will pop up some pix. The old style has a large plastic connector with 3 tiny ball bearings in. when you twist it apart, they fall out. :roll: But it's kinda like a medicine bottle, push and twist.

The new style, instead ov the big plastic connector, has a threaded metal one, probably galvanized. Honestly, aside from it being so expensive (much higher quality) and harder to flex into place, I really like it. I didn't have to try to fight it into place behind the gauge. (I don't remove the cluster, I just reach my hand up from under the dash).

Being smaller allows more wiggle room in my ever more cluttered engine compartment. I like that. It probably won't ever break again. I like that too. I want to post pix but can't figure out how, I don't like that... :twisted:

If you PM me your # I can text you pix ov the new one and you can figure out how to post it. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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