Spedometer Quit


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Spedometer Quit

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This is in regard to my 2000 gl1500se During a road trip last month with 165K on the odometer the speedometer and odometer stopped working. I was hopping that when I removed the cable from the front wheel as I have done on another bike I might be able to determine if the cable broke by grabbing the end of the shaft and pulling it out. I found that you can't do that with a wing.

My question is what suggestions do you have for me to trouble shoot the system to determine if its the cable or the in dash clock mechanism, or should I just replace everything new. I haven't pulled it apart yet so I am trying to do my homework before I get started. thanks in advance.
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Actually, you can pull the cable out of the casing on the GL1500. But if it has rusted and broken, which is usually the case, you will probably not be able to remove the cable from the casing. On a new one, it is totally free and removeable.

You best course pf action is to buy a new speedoneter cable and replace it in it's entirety. They sell for less than $30.
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Disconnect the cable from the front wheel and see if you can turn the cable with a small screwdriver. If you can, use a drill with a small flat screwdriver bit and run the speedo with the drill on reverse. See if the speedo works. If it works you probably need to replace the nylon gear in the front wheel. If it doesn't work then you probably need to replace the cable. I recently had to replace the nylon gear in the wheel unit on my 92 Interstate with about 130K on the odometer. Be sure to grease this gear well and re-grease it any time you have the front wheel off.
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if the speedometer cable will not turn after removing it from the front wheel, replace the cable. Take the speedometer gearbox off the front wheel, the plastic internal gear may be stripped as well. Happened on my '95 1500.
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You will not have to remove the wheel to see if the gear in the wheel is working. If you jack the front end up slightly so that the wheel is not touching the ground, you can rotate the wheel and see if the gear is moving the output shaft of the speedometer transmission. If you do not have a suitable way to jack it up slightly, have someone sit on the passenger seat, with the bike on the center stand. That should be enough weight to tip the bike onto its rear tire and you can rotate the front wheel.

If the output shaft of the speedometer transmission is rotating when you turn the wheel, there's a good possibility it's the cable that's faulty and not the transmission.
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Post by joeincalif »

with 165K on it even if it is the gear and not the cable I would replace the cable also.


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