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speedometer not working...

I just found this out on a short ride... What COULD be possibly causing this problem? I haven't checked it out yet. I don't wanna take it apart and not be able to fix it and be out a vehicle. my new truck has a small radiator leak, so I'm not driving that much.

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The first simple thing is, is the cable going to the front hub broken. mine was broken when i bought it. no big deal, just unscrew both ends and screw a new one in.

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This wont disable your bike and it will tell you a lot.Put your bike on the center stand and place a jack under the font of the frame and get the front wheel off the ground,loosen the speedo cable nut on the speedo end and pull the whole cable loose from the speedo and spin the front wheel as fast as you can and see if the inner part of the cable is turning if ti is you have a bad spedo or it was not engaged into the speedo on top if it does not turn un do the cable housing at the bottom by the wheel hub and try to turn it by hand while holding the other end in your fingers to see if the drive cable is broken,pull on both ends of the inner cable at the same time to make sure it is not broken,if it is not inspect the bottom part of the drive cable it should have a slot in it that fits over a pin in the speedo drive it could be broken off ,but first make sure both ends of the cable are not loose where they go on. If you go any further you must remove the front wheel,keep an eye on the tach until you get it fixed if you need it for transportation.




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Unlike the tach, the speedo is purely mechanical in its functioning. Follow the guys' advice above and see if you can spot a cable problem. If for some reason the break is inside the speedo, I have a couple of spares for sale.

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got it figured out.. the inner cable snapped in two.. not to buy a new one and run around town with out a speedo until I get it replaced...

anyone here have an extra speedo cable that is in working order?

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Your local Kaw stealership should have it for less than $ 20.

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I thought the cable was closer to $50, i can handle $20. Problem now is the 'local' kawi dealer is over 25 miles away... might call to see that they have it before I go down there...

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Before you put on the new one, you might want to lube it good while you can easily. I think I greased mine up with moly 60 if I remember right.

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You should use dry graphite on a speedometer cable not Moly 60, or better yet get a cable lube kit from any bike dealership.

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Inner cable moves in/out

My speedo quit working, and when I disconnected the cable at the speedo end, found that the square ended inner cable would spin freely - but if I pushed the inner cable toward the front wheel end, then it would engage and would only spin if the front wheel did. Is the inner cable supposed to slide about 1/2" in or out within the outer cable? I guess a new cable would be a sure way of answering that.
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