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High pitched whine coming from left side of instrument panel

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by stonecutter908, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Mar 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM
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    stonecutter908

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    My 95 has a high pitched whine coming from behind the left side of the instrument panel. It is definitely tied to the speedometer and cold weather. It happens everytime on cold starts and lasts for a good 20 minutes before it dies off. It is the loudest, most annoying sound you have ever heard. It gets louder the faster you go, and doesn't exist when stopped. Again, it is clearly tied to the speedometer. Speedometer also shakes like crazy while the whining is going on.

    Is this just a cold weather thing that I am going to have to live with? Or does anyone have a possible fix to recommend?

    It is driving me nuts at 6am on my way into work.
     
  2. Mar 3, 2009 at 9:23 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Sounds like you need a new cable, although I am not a hundred percent sure if it is electronic or not on that year. I would suggest tracing it back to the tranny and disconnecting it (if it is not electronic). If it doesn't whine or vibrate then it is the cable.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    A 1995.5 Tacoma would definitely have a cable-driven speedometer.

    I agree that the symptoms sound like a cable problem.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    I am having trouble locating the part online. Anyone have an oem part number or good site to query?

    Did some reading on the replacement procedure. Sounds like it will kill an afternoon and a six pack. Fun.

    First, I am going to grease it and then chase the replacement if still needed.
     
  5. Mar 3, 2009 at 1:28 PM
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    I am leaving work right now. I will check when I get home and see what I can find.
     
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    I had a ultra-high pitched whining behind the driver side dash on my 02 a while back. It sounded like the most spoiled child on earth not getting what he wants. Anyways, my signal lights began to malfunction soon after along with a strange clicking under my shifter. The mechanic found a junction box rigged up for trailer lights under the truck and it was all rusted. Long story short, in my case it was electrical. Hope it helps, at first the whole thing really scared me.
     
  12. Mar 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM
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    Update: with the change in weather here in PA, 72F yesterday. This issue has disappeared again. With spring arriving shortly, I am not going to take any action until it happens in weather above 30F.
     
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