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Audi 100CD 2.226 C3 Q44 1986

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I am trying to get a mileometer /Speedo cable and possibly a Speedo/milage clock , I am on just under 32k on my all original 100CD and want to keep it right , I need the cable asap as I won't drive until it's fitted, the clock would be great as well! I am also trying to get either a driver's side front power window regulator or repair kit ( mine is on the way out) any help or advice would be appreciated thank you Del

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Hello Del,

You are effectively talking ‘classic car’ territory here, so it will be well worth doing online searches for classic car parts suppliers. A better  alternative would be to wander into you local motor factors and enquire there - it’s surprising what remains on their shelves. Even if they cannot get one for you, they might be able to give you an aftermarket part number so you can check elsewhere.

Unfortunately my ‘First Line’ cable book does not list any speedo cables for Audi, but does list for the Golf etc. of the period, which makes me ask the question was this cable driven? 

Another alternative would be to wander into as many (long established) Audi dealers as possible. OK the days of building up stocks of parts are gone, but one could still be laying on a shelf gathering dust. They might be able to give you a part number, and there might still be a round robin system where parts requests are relayed to dealers nationally. All worth a try.

Finally, what’s wrong with your cable? Have you had it out and confirmed the cable is at fault? If you have, and you know where the fault lies - e.g. broken inner - then there is a company up the Swansea valleys by the name of Speedy Cables. They can remake to pattern, and also do instrument (speedo etc.) repairs. Not cheap, but....

Not really sure why you won’t drive this car until the cable/ speedo is fixed. If you drive it a bit slower than the immediately surrounding traffic then you should not run a great risk of exceeding the limit. 

Hope some of this helps Del.

Kind regards,

Gareth.

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Hi Gareth, I wont drive it because I want to keep the mileage true. I am Also on classic insurance and don't want them thinking I am doing unregistered mileage, that way I'm covered insurance wise etc .The speedo works it's the mileage part that when I reset it ,its stuck on 0000 for local mileage and the total mileage isn't moving either it could be the wheel/cog where the cog on the cable connects( 2 cogs one for speed and one for the mileage clock) I believe according to the DVLA I have the last 1986 100CD on the road in the UK so I want to keep it an honest car.thanks for the tips.Derek

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Different angle on it now then Derek, and if the speedometer works, then the cable cannot be at fault.

What is at fault is the odometer, and the usual cause is a fibre gear which drives the digits. You now have to give up trying to find a new cable, and concentrate on either finding a replacement speedometer which you will then need to ‘clock’ back to your current mileage reading.  As an aside, we used to referred to ‘clocked’ cars as being ‘hickory dickory docked’ - the mouse ran up the clock! 

The better alternative would be to entrust it’s repair to Speedy Cables, but you may find that their repair lead time could run into months. 

Respecting the fact that the car is on a limited mileage (possibly 3K max/ annum?), I doubt if your insurers would reasonably expect you to discontinue using this car because the odometer has stopped functioning. They will have access to your previous annual mileage and  unless you expect to increase the useage from this point on, then I’m sure a reasonable attitude would prevail once they are aware. You can keep a log of the estimate , but fairly accurate trips done until the odometer is repaired. Best time to pass the speedo to Speedy Cables would be in the autumn, but it’s always worth asking what their current lead time is. 

Hope some of this may help you. 

Kind regards,

Gareth. 

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Thanks for that Gareth, I wasnt sure about the cable that's why I have been looking for a clock as well. Hopefully one will turn up. The little dog is only £ 4.95 but £ 16.95 p+p ?? Its not much bigger than a thumbnail. 

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On 4/9/2019 at 2:55 PM, Dell said:

Thanks for that Gareth, I wasnt sure about the cable that's why I have been looking for a clock as well. Hopefully one will turn up. The little dog is only £ 4.95 but £ 16.95 p+p ?? Its not much bigger than a thumbnail. 

That should have read cog, I now have the cog and have repaired another old odometer (I had one that worked and one that didn't for another vehicle, fixed easy enough without the need for specialist tools just used my old watch repair kit, it's just I am nervous trying to do this one myself as I don't have another in case of problems) So if anyone has a spare clock I am open if the price is right!

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