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'90 Geo Prizm, Shoe Poacher
Q: My speedometer cable on my '90 Geo Prizm pulls transmission fluid up the cable and is leaking all over my feet! Could this be the oil seal at the transmission connection or would it be the cable itself? Please help!!! It has already ruined two pair of my shoes. Also, does the speedometer cable attach to the differential?

A: The speedometer cable is attached to the axle shaft just before it exits the differential, but in your case itís also part of the transmission which is called a transaxle assembly. The first thing I would suggest is checking the transaxle fluid level for being too high. If it is, have the fluid drained to the correct level. Also have the vent for the transaxle checked for blockage. The heating and cooling that occurs to the oil in a transaxle requires a vent. If the vent is plugged or restricted pressure can build inside the transaxle as a vehicle operates. The added pressure can push oil in all directions. Lastly, have you had any work performed on the transaxle that would require disconnecting the speedometer cable? Itís possible that a useless looking washer/oil slinger was discarded.

 
     
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