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PaIsa
Hello! New 914 owner here with a few questions.
First the car: 1.7 (I think) 1972 914 with carburetor, Irish Green resprayed.
The issues:
1. Brake lights are always on. As soon as we put the key switch to ON, the rear brake lights come on even without touching the brake pedal. Looked at all the bulbs and everything is fine. Looked at wiring; did a repair on the front left ground wire but the rest seems OK. Looked at the switch on the master cylinder; it is there, but not sure what to look for. Any idea as to where to look to try to solve this.
2. Vibration: We have a steering wheel vibration when cruising at around 90-100 km/h. Where should I look first: wheel balancing?
3. Speedo not working: Our speedo is not working but I think that our issue is at the back of the car. We have a small tranny oil leak that seems to come from the speedo gear set-up. I did not open it yet but I guess that a first test that I should do would be to take the cable off, put the car in gear and see if the system for the speedo actually works.
Would be all for now.
Thanks
flipb
Had some of the same issues when I first bought my '74.

The brake lights are activated by a switch above the pedal. It's a small black box with a metal piece that sticks out the side. There are other threads on this site about how to adjust it. I went through a couple rounds of trial & error to get mine adjusted to where I'm happy with it.

I'm not an expert with the other two areas but the front end shake could be a wheel out of balance or loose suspension bushings.

Might be worth having your speedometer rebuilt (several places do this; I used North Hollywood Speedometer) & run a new cable from the transmission. If you find that the transmission has other issues, @DrEvil is the resident expert.
PaIsa
For the brake light, turned out to be the switch at the pedal base that was not fitted properly. I had to adjust it slightly with the screw and very slightly bend the metal part for it to actually touch what seems to be a large washer so that it activates or not when we step on the pedal.

Will look at the speedo meter stuff this week end.
emerygt350
QUOTE(PaIsa @ Jun 14 2024, 05:48 AM) *

For the brake light, turned out to be the switch at the pedal base that was not fitted properly. I had to adjust it slightly with the screw and very slightly bend the metal part for it to actually touch what seems to be a large washer so that it activates or not when we step on the pedal.

Will look at the speedo meter stuff this week end.


wobble could be poor tires. Just rotate them to the back and see if it changes.

And welcome to the forum!
930cabman
QUOTE(PaIsa @ Jun 13 2024, 05:17 AM) *

Hello! New 914 owner here with a few questions.
First the car: 1.7 (I think) 1972 914 with carburetor, Irish Green resprayed.
The issues:
1. Brake lights are always on. As soon as we put the key switch to ON, the rear brake lights come on even without touching the brake pedal. Looked at all the bulbs and everything is fine. Looked at wiring; did a repair on the front left ground wire but the rest seems OK. Looked at the switch on the master cylinder; it is there, but not sure what to look for. Any idea as to where to look to try to solve this.
2. Vibration: We have a steering wheel vibration when cruising at around 90-100 km/h. Where should I look first: wheel balancing?
3. Speedo not working: Our speedo is not working but I think that our issue is at the back of the car. We have a small tranny oil leak that seems to come from the speedo gear set-up. I did not open it yet but I guess that a first test that I should do would be to take the cable off, put the car in gear and see if the system for the speedo actually works.
Would be all for now.
Thanks

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Glad to have you onboard. Source a Haynes manual and study it from cover to cover and then some. It is a good start

Vibration: I would look at the tire balance, lug bolt tightness, wheel bearings for a start
rhodyguy
The arm on the switch contacts the rear side of the MC activation rod washer (pictured on p.110 of the Haynes manual). Not on the front side. The switch free play is .04 (p.108).
PaIsa
wobble could be poor tires. Just rotate them to the back and see if it changes.

And welcome to the forum!
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I swapped the tire front to back and it solved the vibration. Much more enjoyable now! Tires seem good quality but a bit bigger then stock. I will have them balanced at the end of the season.

Just went to pick up part for the speedo/tranny dripping fix. Will look at getting this installed in the upcoming week.

As well, I had to replace the alternator belt after I had the red light coming on in the dash. Found all the information needed in the forum!

Thanks all!
emerygt350
Good to hear it has been helpful. If it was the elbow you picked up you shouldn't have any problems.
PaIsa
Picked up a few goodies:
- Updated speedo bushing (the one with the 2 o-rings)
- New angle gear for the speedo
- seals and o-ring needed

And a set of retractable seat belt to replace the one that are always were you don't want them to be!!
emerygt350
That's a satisfying job (the speedo). Careful with the seatbelt job. Might want to hit the bolts with penetrating fluid and let them sit overnight.
PaIsa
Ok so I repaired the brake light issue. Swapped wheels and resolved the vibration issue. Have a new set of seta belt that retracts, but after installing mostly all new stuff for the speedo at the rear of the car (new seals, insert, angle gear), still no speed indication in the dash. I guess that the next step is to replace the cable. How difficult is it to replace this cable.

As well, looking at some parts supplier, there seems to be a few options for cable, mainly with or without rubber boots. If it does not come with rubber boots, how do you get the boots on the cable??

Anyway, I guess I will be looking at replacing it sooner then later!
emerygt350
It's not a bad job, but can be frustrating. I believe there is a walk through on pelican? It was one of the first jobs I had to do on mine. You should pull the speedometer out and see if the cable is rotating before you go any further
Spoke
QUOTE(emerygt350 @ Jun 29 2024, 05:51 PM) *

It's not a bad job, but can be frustrating. I believe there is a walk through on pelican? It was one of the first jobs I had to do on mine. You should pull the speedometer out and see if the cable is rotating before you go any further


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Isolate the issue as it could be the speedometer.
PaIsa
Isolate the issue as it could be the speedometer.
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Was my plan as well to look if it is the speedometer that is the problem. I guess I will have to pull out the cluster. Any advice on pulling out the cluster? I tried sometime ago, but was not sure so I abort the mission.

I guess that removing the steering wheel makes thing a bit easier, but not sure about how much I can pull out the cluster once all the screws are removed.

emerygt350
No need. Just pull the wheel. The gauges just slide out.
PaIsa
So I have pulled the speedometer out, took out the cable and it turned out that the end of the cable that connects it to the speedometer was broken. So hopefully found the culprit. New cable ordered.
Tonyooc
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Cairo94507
welcome.png Welcome to 914 ownership. It seems you have a good handle on working through issues. Just tackle them 1 at a time to avoid your car ending up on jack stands for years.... beerchug.gif
PaIsa
QUOTE(Cairo94507 @ Jul 8 2024, 07:19 AM) *

welcome.png Welcome to 914 ownership. It seems you have a good handle on working through issues. Just tackle them 1 at a time to avoid your car ending up on jack stands for years.... beerchug.gif


It is the plan. Enjoying the car both while driving it or working on it!
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