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Hi there, I have an 85 L type with a digi dash and my odometer no longer works. I have been searching the forums and it seems like this issue is somewhat prevalent with digital dashes. There are no other issues with anything on the dash, and was wondering if someone could share some insight as to possible fixes (if its even worth it to fix). I inherited this car from my grandfather and he told me it was likely a cable that needed replacing. I am just learning about this car as I haven't owned it for very long and figured this would be the best place to ask some people who know their stuff. Thanks!
 

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I have never worked on a digi dash Supra, but assuming the cable assembly is the same as the analog dash, there's an "elbow" on the transmission tail housing where the cable attaches. Inside that elbow is a short piece of cable bent around a sharp curve. It sees a lot of stress and wear. That's a very common issue for that short piece of cable inside the elbow unit to fray, become sort of notchy (very noticeable on an analog speedo as the needle jumps around) and eventually to break completely. Its usually worse on the 5sp as its a tighter bend than the automatics. But if it reads speed and not miles (the OP didn't mention speed just odometer), then wouldn't it be a problem inside the instrument cluster?
 

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I have never worked on a digi dash Supra, but assuming the cable assembly is the same as the analog dash, there's an "elbow" on the transmission tail housing where the cable attaches. Inside that elbow is a short piece of cable bent around a sharp curve. It sees a lot of stress and wear. That's a very common issue for that short piece of cable inside the elbow unit to fray, become sort of notchy (very noticeable on an analog speedo as the needle jumps around) and eventually to break completely. Its usually worse on the 5sp as its a tighter bend than the automatics. But if it reads speed and not miles (the OP didn't mention speed just odometer), then wouldn't it be a problem inside the instrument cluster?
thanks for the insight! You are correct in saying that the dash is completely functional other than the odometer. Thats why im thinking its something inside the cluster.
 

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Well, if you were nearby, I know of two places that repair instrument clusters. I'm sure you could find a specialist in Canada. But very few of us have ever opened up an instrument cluster and repaired anything inside.
 

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Well, if you were nearby, I know of two places that repair instrument clusters. I'm sure you could find a specialist in Canada. But very few of us have ever opened up an instrument cluster and repaired anything inside.
I will probably ending up trying to track down the broken cable and replace it. I inherited this car from my grandfather, and he opened up the cluster (many years ago) and knows which wire it is, but could never track down a replacement.

Thanks for the help!
 
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