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tachometer cable has a hole in it


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While driving out 1960 BT7, my wife noticed a drops of really dark fluid on her leg. Once home, I checked under the dash and discovered that our tachometer cable has a tiny hole in it (we have not had this happen before). Is this something I can just tape up and go on or is it a "park and order a new cable" kind of situation. Attached are the photos of before and after wiping the cable.
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Jedi Hopeful
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Why does it have a hole? Rubbing on something sharp? Is the inner cable intact?


Luke Skywalker
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But why is there oil in the tach cable? it should be dry.. you really don't want oil leaking into the cable and getting pumped into the tach.


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Fair chance the inner cable was replaced at some point and is slightly too long, forcing it to rub hard on the sheath. Can't use heat shrink unless you take a connector off an end. Unfortunately, I don't think you can put the connector back on in a home shop. If you want original, buy a new cable assy. If you aren't concerned about appearance, you could slit a piece of fuel hose and clamp it over the hole.


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I wrapped in gorilla tape and after a 2 1/2 hour drive yesterday, it appears this is acceptable. I think I'm going to order a new cable from Ahead4Healeys and replace in the Fall (when it's cooler in the garage).
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