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    speedo cable?

    My 96 SL780 was filling up with water while tied to the dock. Checking it out I found what I think is the speedo cable leaking water into the hull. It was a plastic tube with about a 1/8 inch diameter and seems to run from under the drive shaft up to the handle bars. Question is should I just patch this tube, try to re attach it, replace it completly or just plug it with some silicone. The leak is pretty close to where it conects to the bottom of the hull. I could not see how it was connected. Do I have to take a lot of stuff off to get to this area?

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    Ekmols


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    Quote Originally Posted by ekmols View Post
    My 96 SL780 was filling up with water while tied to the dock. Checking it out I found what I think is the speedo cable leaking water into the hull. It was a plastic tube with about a 1/8 inch diameter and seems to run from under the drive shaft up to the handle bars. Question is should I just patch this tube, try to re attach it, replace it completly or just plug it with some silicone. The leak is pretty close to where it conects to the bottom of the hull. I could not see how it was connected. Do I have to take a lot of stuff off to get to this area?

    Thanks

    Ekmols
    That is the speedometer hose. Search for other threads discussing the pitot, and you will find photos and info.

    I would replace the entire length of tubing. It is not expensive or hard to do.


    Take care not to break off the plastic nipple under there - it is delicate.
    Use a small mirror to see under the drive shaft.

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    K447 has the proper fix [new tube]
    but in a pinch I cut off the bottom inch or two of the hose and pushed it back onto the fitting
    that was three years ago and still no leaks

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