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Speedometer failure

This morning my speedometer just quit working. Before I do anything, I just wanted to check with you guys to see if you think it's probably just a bad cable. Thanks
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ya, most likely the cable. check the connections on the two ends, sometimes the square ends will break
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Had the speedo needle been bouncing? If so It should have been lubed and is most likely broken.

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Probably one of the most overlooked and maybe the easiest maintenance item to do on our bikes! Lubing the speedo cable.

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Probably one of the most overlooked and maybe the easiest maintenance item to do on our bikes! Lubing the speedo cable.
ferg, now i got go check mine tonight.
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Probably one of the most overlooked and maybe the easiest maintenance item to do on our bikes! Lubing the speedo cable.
Yes, and remember to use grease, not your normal cable lube. You can pull the cable out of the housing to clean and lube it. I use marine grade wheel bearing grease (a bit more waterproof than regular grease) Be carefull you do not lose the tiny little "washers" that fit on the cable ends.

(The reason you use grease is because this cable spins..instead of just moving back and forth)

They can break from time to time, so taking them completely off the bike will tell you if it's the cable or if your speedo or drive unit blew up.

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Yes, and remember to use grease, not your normal cable lube. You can pull the cable out of the housing to clean and lube it. I use marine grade wheel bearing grease (a bit more waterproof than regular grease) Be carefull you do not lose the tiny little "washers" that fit on the cable ends.

(The reason you use grease is because this cable spins..instead of just moving back and forth)

They can break from time to time, so taking them completely off the bike will tell you if it's the cable or if your speedo or drive unit blew up.

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X2 on the grease! Thanks for completing that one.

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Broke my cable not 15 minutes ago.

Its funny the things you read up on and learn about after something has already broken. Bought a new one just a second ago.
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