1996 Toyota Tacoma Cold Weather Strange Noise

toyota
tacoma
steering
wheels
#1

At temps below -20 a strange noise seems to be emanating from the dash board behind the steering wheel. If going slow, it sounds like a slight whir/plastic grinding like vrt vrt vrt. If you go faster, it’s as if a belt loses traction and the vrt vrt turns into a high-pitched whirring scream. Bringing the trucks rpm down causes the noise to subside, but it means I have to drive 10 mph some mornings until it warms up. Anyone know what this might be? Thanks!

#2

If it has them it maybe spedo or tac cable

#3

Does it still happen if you turn off your heater fan?

#4

It’s the speedo cable. I’ve never heard of a car with a tach cable. I’ve owned 4 Hondas and they all made that noise in the cold after they passed 100k miles.

#5

Yeah.

#6

If you need to have a tachometer to have a tach cable than I don’t have one. If it is just the speedo cable, have I been hurting it by driving it?