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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-25-2006, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Speedometer trouble

I have a 1999 Vulcan 750 with 43,000 miles on it. The speedometer stopped working yesterday. Is the culprit usually the speedometer itself or possibly just the cable? How would I check this? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Mine went MIA a few weeks ago too. Check the cable, most likely culprit. Mine broke just about where the turn is going up to the speedo.

Best way is remove the cable, see if it is intact, or comes out in two pieces like mine did. Got new one from local Kaw dealer for around $ 20. New one is supposedly greased, but I greased it anyway.

If the cable is good, put it back on the bike and spin it form the bottom with a drill and see if the speedo works, if so, it's the sending unit on the wheel hub.

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Speedometer help

Thanks for the quick reply Jon. I'll check out the cable first.

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I have a '99 also.
The speedo cable went out on mine around 34,000. It is an easy and somewhat cheap fix.
I believe it may have been Dianna who mentioned blowing air into the speedo housing if the cable isn't the problem.


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Yep, If the cable is fine, means the gears are stuck with some debris.
(Sure way to tell is if odometer and tripometer are working and just the speedo quit.
If the blow out with compressed air doesn't dislodge it then a persuasive tap to the side of the bucket might get it to work again.

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Hey sshatkin, welcome! As you can see, a great bunch of folks here ready to help! Enjoy your bike!

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I'm glad I found this site. You guys have been great with your advice and right on target. It's much easier getting the info. you need from people who share the same machine. Ride on!

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I'm glad I found this site. You guys have been great with your advice and right on target. It's much easier getting the info. you need from people who share the same machine. Ride on!

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Ok, so which thing worked for you? What fixed it?

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Good question Dianna! These threads only can be helpful to everyone if there is a conclusion.

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It was a broken cable. The bottom inch of cable that connects to the sender had snapped. I attached a drill to the remaining piece and was able to get the speedometer moving. $17.99 for a new cable at my local Kaw dealer and I should be fixed by early next week.
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