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I now think that the problem is with a squeaky speedometer cable. I know that the cable attaches to the transaxle and can be disconnected. I cannot find where it is on the transaxle. Can someone describe where the cable is attached?

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I have just bought a 95 escort with a manual transmission. I noticed a slight squeak from the front drivers side wheel. It did not seem very bad on the test drive and I got a good deal, so I did not worry about it.

Today is the first day that I drove the car a lot. The squeak has turned into a more sustained whooshing sound when travelling about 45 mph. At first I thought it was static on the radio, but then I turned the radio off. The noise remained.

There is no sound at low speed. The squeak starts at about 10 mph. The squeaks then turn into the whoosing sound at around 45 mph.

The sould does not change on turning or applying the brake. It seems to change when accelerating or decelerating but the change is not great.

I inspected the drive shafts and wheels after driving the car for awhile. I notice no unusual or excess heat.

There are no appearant leaks from the transmission.

Any help in diagnosing this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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The pickoff point for the speedo cable is down low on the rear of the tranny, more or less under the master cylinder; though an inch or two closer to the centerline of the car. To get to it from above I would plan on removing the large rubber duct that goes from the air filter housing to the throttle body, and would remove the battery too. Removing the battery will also mean you wont get acid on your shirt while leaning that far over, as well as giving you better access.
You can see it from below too, if you have the front wheels up on ramps.
There will be a little wire clip that you need to either shove in or pull out - in order to 'unhook' the speedo cable from that Vehicle Speed Sensor, (which is what the speedo cable plugs into that actually goes into the tranny). Dont break the VSS, the car wont run without it.
If you have disconnected the battery, be sure to give the car a little gas when you go to start it the first time - as it will have forgotten the idle speed position for the Idle Air Control Valve.
The noise you describe does sound like its related to the speedometer or its cable. You may need to get to the back of the instrument cluster. This is easier to do than it is to describe, so let us know if you want guidance on that. Its only a 30 minute job, after you have done it the first time.
I have eliminated that noise on my 92 LX (that has over 200k miles on it) by putting a small amount of grease on the bushing at the input to the speedo, where the cable fits into it. The speedometer has to be out of the dashboard to do this.
 

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Thanx Denismond3. I think that that is what it needs, a little lube on on the cable.

Is there any easy to get to the place where the cable enters the speedo? What I've seen is that you need to remove the steering wheel, then the instrument cluster.

That is a lot of work and I'd appreciate a short cut.

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You dont have to remove the steering wheel, its easier just to drop the column; but beyond that there arent shortcuts. Its not that hard though. You take out 4 bolts (12mm socket wrench) and the column will droop down far enough. Then about 6 to 8 small hex head screws (7mm or 8mm socket or a short phillips head screwdriver) will let the bezel around the cluster come out. You will have to undo a connector or two so the bezel can swing free. Looking at the cluster you will see 4 more of the hex head screws on its upper left and right and lower left and right. Remove them; dont drop any into the guts of the dashboard. Now you have to pull the cluster out a little. (Dont take out the screws that hold the clear plastic over the gauges - that doesnt lead you forward). It will resist, as its attached by 3 or 4 connectors and the speedo cable; may take some wiggling. I pull the left side of the cluster toward me first. Then I can squeeze my leftt hand in behind it, and grab the plastic clip that keeps the cable in place on the back of the speedo. There is a locking tab that you squeeze, and the cable will come free of the back of the speedo.
Now the cluster will come out another inch or two, and you can undo the 3 or 4 connectors. Each of them has a locking tab you depress. Done worry, they are different, and wont go back in the wrong places.
Now the cluster will come out.
There may be a How-To on this, for changing the cluster that doesnt have a tach to one that does have a tach, so be sure to give the How-To forum a long look. Lots of excellent procedures, illustrated with good pix.

I think this job takes a 12mm socket on a 6" extension & a3/8" drive ratchet, a 1/8" drive ratchet with 8 mm or 7mm socket, a phillips screwdriver - and no other tools.
 
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