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Speedometer cable stuck - need tips on how to unscrew it.

I'm working on a '95 vulcan 750 with 25k miles on it that I just bought. The speedometer is nonfunctional and I've read what was suggested here but there is just one hitch. I'm having a really hard time trying to undo my speedometer cable from the axle and underneath the speedometer housing. I'm seeing a lot of rust as I work on the bike. Any ideas or tips on how I can try to get the cable to unscrew so I can check what needs to be replaced?

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I don't believe the cable into the gear housing will come off without pulling the front wheel, but I may be really wrong about that. The pull is easy, however; just make sure you've got a jack under the bike so it doesn't tip forward.

For under the gauges, try hitting the bolt-screw thing with a good solvent (PB Blaster is one of the best) and letting it sit for a few hours. You then may be able to reach in there with a channel lock or similar then and unscrew it. Mostly, don't force anything - if there's a lot of rust, it didn't get there overnight, and so won't go away overnight, either.

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PB blaster both ends, let sit overnight, use vicegrips to GENTLY turn. Might be a clearance issue on the instrument side - but mostly just figure out SOMETHING to grip it tighter than your fingers can - you should just need a little leverage. As cindy said, don't force anything (the cable ends should be very slightly tighter than "hand tight" If you're feeling no love, spray pb blaster again and let sit for another night...

No need to pull the wheels - the cable ends unscrew with no problem...

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Thanks for the help thus far. I was able to get that part unscrewed with channel locks and some patience.

For testing purposes, might I just be able to tie a string onto it and rotate the front wheel to see if it rotates? Also, if it comes down to replacing the cable, what is the trick to getting this part (marked with the yellow arrow) out of the speedometer housing ?




Edit (Update): I went back out into the garage and took the speedometer cable out of the housing by the wheel. The end points were on the cable (the two prongs) so I did what I read about. I grabbed my drill and connected the end and revved the drill while watching the speedometer. Sure enough, it shot up to about 10mph and then I stopped. So, my issue is down at the wheel so the service manual is pretty specific on that part.

Thanks again for the tips that were given initially.

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No need to pull the wheels - the cable ends unscrew with no problem...

Really? Well, dag, I'm gonna have to go try that myself tonight!

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ya know i just encountered this problem this morning. i start the bike up go to take off and the damn speedo dont work. so i get to work unscrew it from the housing at the odom and it comes right out .. is that supposed to do that? and then i got some wd 40 sprayed it in the cable and movied it by hand a up and down a few times put it backand still didnt work. then i got home took it off completely and i found out its severed in the middle. i had a ****ty day as it was and this was iceing on the cake. now i gotta go find a cable. anyways take care guys

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ya know i just encountered this problem this morning. i start the bike up go to take off and the damn speedo dont work. so i get to work unscrew it from the housing at the odom and it comes right out .. is that supposed to do that? and then i got some wd 40 sprayed it in the cable and movied it by hand a up and down a few times put it backand still didnt work. then i got home took it off completely and i found out its severed in the middle. i had a ****ty day as it was and this was iceing on the cake. now i gotta go find a cable. anyways take care guys

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Around $20, you local Kaw dealer should have it in stock.

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