Speedometer needle went to zero


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barnold
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Speedometer needle went to zero

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While riding the speedometer went to zero and the odometer stopped working, didn't come back on. Any idea of the problem? Easy fix or do I need to take it to a shop? (1999 GL1500SE)

Also, which repair manual would be better, the Honda Service Manual or the Clymer one?



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Re: Speedometer needle went to zero

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Well, the obvious answer would be the speedometer cable. However, it could be any component - the speedometer cable drive on the wheel, or something inside the speedometer itself. However, my guess would be the cable itself. Remove it from the back of the speedometer housing and see if it turns when the front wheel is turned.

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Thanks for your help, I will try to check the cable.

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WOOooooo... I know this issue all to well.
1. Inside cable broke. If the speedo needle was pulsing before it broke, that's it. REPLACE BOTH INNER & OUTER (~$20). I replaced the inner only but cable MFGs make each slightly different lengths.

2. Gear at the bottom stripped/wore out. It's something that RARELY EVER gets lubed. (BTW: Use the proper grease)

3. Inside the meter a gear wears out/strips. I have a good meter but that gear is not replaceable, can't flip it 180 degrees NOR can you move it to a good spot.
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WELL DARN IT!!!
I didn't look at the last posting date. Oh well, info for someone.
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FM-USA wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:22 pm
WELL DARN IT!!!
I didn't look at the last posting date. Oh well, info for someone.
That's ok. Sharing experiences is good!
I had mine snap just above the gear going out of Salt Lake City during a trip to the west coast in '16 after pulling, cleaning and lubing it (w/wd40) in Washington just a few days before - the speedo was doing the bouncy thing prior to that. Turns out the shaft in the speedo seized. After returning home, I did some reading and after a little patience and a lot of time and solvent, I finally got it freed up and lubed well with CRC White Lithium Grease along with the cable and gear. The cleaned speedo shaft and new cable have been working well since!
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Re: Speedometer needle went to zero

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FM-USA wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:22 pm
WELL DARN IT!!!
I didn't look at the last posting date. Oh well, info for someone.
Not to worry, age is the culprit! :D Had this happen to my 1500 this year. Bought my 1500 two years ago and the speedo was always bouncing, thought this normal. Went for a ride in the spring, speedo worked, went for a ride the following day, no speedo. Came home, took the gearbox assembly off the front wheel, gear stripped because the speedo cable was seized. Best fix after some 25 years, replace cable and gearbox. As mentioned, if the speedometer is bouncing, disconnect the cable from the bike, try to turn by hand. Lube until 100 percent free, or just replace.

Was probably time to bring this thread forward a few years, easier to find.

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