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Screaming speedo

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This is strictly a cold weather problem (real cold, usually has to be 15 or below), some days, like today, when I get on the freeway, actually as I hit the ram and start to accelerate, my speedometer will start a almost painful, high pitched screaming (the neddle also shakes a little). It will usually stop if I drop my speed below 30 or so. It always stops after a few minutes. Happened just a couple of times last winter, and its happened maybe four tiems this year (so far). I doubt that its damageing any part of the truck beyond the speedo cable, but who knows,

Anyone else have this problem? How, if at all, have you dealt with it?
A mechanic said that basically the cable was dry, that they are sealed, and that I'd just need a new one (which is apparently a big, dropping the tranmission kind of deal).

It hurts my ears, as well as my soul, to hear my truck cry like that, help.

Oh yeah, 1997, 167K.
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Yep, it's a very common problem on all Toyota trucks from 89-97. My 90 started doing it when it hit 100k, paid $60 for the cable and $200 labor to put it in. When I got my 97 I was really pissed to see that they use the same damn cable-driven speedo. It screams when it gets below 40 and makes the cruise control un-operable. Toyota of RSM wants $300 to swap it out. I think I'll fix my squeaky clutch first.

This is one of the main things about Toyota that pisses me off. So many people have broken speedos and squeaky clutch pedals... why the heck did it take until 98 to solve the speedo problem. The squeakly clutch took until 2005.

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