VW Transporter T3 – How-To Speedo Cable easy Replacement

VW Transporter T3 – How-To Speedo Cable easy Replacement

Is your VW Transporter T3 speedo cable jumping like crazy? And/or a tic-tic-tic noise is coming out of your speedo?
It’s time to replace that worn out speedo cable!


It is quite common that a car speedometer cable goes dodgy with the time.

The symptoms:

  • The speedo needle jumps erratically
  • The needle doesn’t move at all
  • A squeaking noise is coming out of the speedo assembly

    Hopefully the process of replacing your Volkswagen Vanagon/Transporter/Typ2/T3/T2 (you name it…) is quite straightforward and easy compared for example to the Peugeot 205 GTI where it can be a pain.

The steps:

My VW Transporter T3 is a 2WD, Left Hand Driving from 1988.
The process of replacing the speedo cable other VW Transporter T3 models may differ slightly from the below pictures.

To sum up the process, you will have to:

  1. Jack up the front of your VW T3 to remove the front left wheel
  2. Unclip and remove the speedo cable square end from the front left hub
  3. Remove the front upper grill
  4. Remove the instrument assembly to unclip the cable from the back of your speedometer
  5. Unscrew the speedo cable mount under the car and swap the cable
  6. Put everything back in the reverse order

So here is the How-To replace your VW Vanagon Speedo Cable:

1. Jack up the front of your VW T3 to remove the front left wheel.
That is the square end of the speedo cable you can see coming out of the center of the hub.
Note the white sealing stuff protecting the cable from moisture, dust, etc.

VW Transporter T3 speedometer replacement


2. Unclip and remove the speedo cable square end from the front left hub.
Remove the white sealing glue (try doing it cleaner that the previous owner…) and remove the C-clip.
The speedo cable square end can now be removed from the hub assembly.

VW Transporter T3 speedometer replacement

3. Remove the front upper grill.
Unscrew the 5 screws that maintain the front upper grille (yellow dots in the picture below).
Remove the front grille.

VW Vanagon T25 T3 remove front grille

4. Remove the instrument assembly to unclip the cable from the back of your speedometer.
Press/pull the two notches and carefully remove the instrument assembly cover entirely (be gentle with the clips in the front of the cover).

VW Transporter T3/T25/Vanagon instrument assembly cover

Remove the four screws maintaining the instrument assembly:

VW Transporter T3/T25/Vanagon instrument cluster removal

You can now unplug the speedo cable by pressing it with two fingers (you can see how mine was broken):
VW Transporter T3 Speedo Cable

Unplug the connector at the bottom-right (be careful, you don’t want to break anything here).
Unplug the cables from the different signal/lights buttons.
VW Transporter T3 Instrument Assembly

You can now remove the instrument cluster completely:
VW Transporter T25 Instrument Cluster

5. Unscrew the speedo cable mount under the car and swap the cable.
VW Vanagon Speedo Cable Mount

The cable goes through a grommet:
VW Vanagon Speedo Cable Grommet

You can now swap the speedometer cable:

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