Speedometer Problem


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Speedometer Problem

Postby darryldevaney » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:52 pm



During my recent trip from Wichita to Portland, Maine and back my speedometer stopped working (about 1000 miles into our 4500 mile trip). I couldn't find any dealer along the way who had parts to fix it so I ordered a new speedo cable to have it at home when I got back. It took me a few days to get time to work on it, only to discover that the old cable was still functional. So I figured the next thing to do was replace the nylon gear in the wheel assembly. Finally got it pulled off today only to find that the worm gear inside the assembly was ceased up. It was pretty gunked up so I soaked it for awhile in some brake cleaner and managed to flush out quite a few chunks of nylon that were wedged in the worm gear. I thought I had solved the problem until, after reassembling things, the worm gear ceased up again. Now, if I pull out the nylon gear and just work it by hand, the worm gear ceases after 3 or 4 rotations.

Is there any kind of lube that needs to be in there or does it sound like the assembly needs to be replaced?
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby MikeB » Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:11 pm

I use white lithium grease. Just about any low viscosity grease will do I am sure and white lithium does work well. Wheel bearing grease is too viscous.
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby offcenter » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:10 pm

Send your speedometer to these guys.
They are good!
http://www.foreignspeedoinc.com/
You have to call them on the phone.
They don't do email.
When the speedo on my '77 Honda Trail 90 stopped
working, they rebuilt it for $105.
It's been working fine ever since.
George in Jersey.
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby MikeB » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:39 pm

I'm puzzled. Why would the original poster want to send his speedometer to anyone if the problem is the speedometer cable transmission that is mounted on the front wheel?
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby darryldevaney » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:17 am

Thanks, MikeB, for the info. I picked up some white lithium grease on the way home last night. Had to soak the worm gear for awhile, and work it, then soak it more before it finally worked freely without ceasing. Of course I tried to get the bike back together late last night and in my fatigue, while trying to align the wheel to reinsert the axle, the right side spacer that goes between the fork and the wheel fell off and rolled off into oblivion somewhere. My wife thought I was a raving lunatic on a rampage!! I will hopefully be less fatigued tonight and might just get it put back together if I can locate that ?>:)*&^ spacer.
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby MikeB » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:56 pm

My condolences on the wandering spacer. I think EVERYONE has experienced this kind of disappearing hardware. And yes, we do tend to go crazy when it happens. It seems the older I get the more I drop and the less likely that I will find it during the the first search, let alone the second, third and fourth attempts but have faith, it will turn up... probably after you buy a new one. :roll:

By the way, those little transmissions are usually available on Ebay for not too much money if your fix did not put it back into commission.
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby darryldevaney » Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:09 am

Well, finally found the spacer. It had fallen down inside the brake hub. Talk about a pain to retrieve!! Anyway, everything is working as it should once again.
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Re: Speedometer Problem

Postby MikeB » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:40 am

I had that happen to me just the other day too. It feel into the wheel and yes, it is a bit tricky to rescue.

Anyway, glad to hear all is as it should be.


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