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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-28-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Speedometer troubleshooting

The speedometer on my sportsman 500 does not work. I see three potential troublespots. The cable, the head or the pick up. What is the best way to isolate the problem and determine which part is bad.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 03:28 AM
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Usually the cable will be bad. If you have a manual, there is a drawing of the test device and can be built for a few bucks.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have a manual. Where could I order one?
The cable sounds like the least expensive part of the assembly. I was trying to avoid troubleshooting by the process of elimination.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 07:51 AM
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unscrew the cable from the trans put a drill on the end of the cable and spin it to see how fast your drill will go. If it don't run about 30-40 mph unscrew speedometer end of cable and see if cable is broken or pulled out of speedometer socket. If no prob with cable, find a hex socket that will fit and spin speedo with drill to see if speedo broken. If all working check drive mechanism on trans.
I had a guy flip one and stretched cable housing enough that cable was pulled out of speedo socket just enough to not drive it.

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polman has some good tips. and yeah, usually its the cable, which would be good news and best case senerio for you.



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What year is your popo?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 03:42 PM
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ya what year is it the sportsmans switched the electric speedometers in 99 and the 99-02 had a few problems with them just quitting

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