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Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

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Old Jan 11th, 2009, 12:35 PM     #1
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Unhappy Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

Odometer & Speedometer were both working fine till a jacket I was carrying came loose and got tangeled in the rear wheel and disc brake of my 2003 883 Hugger. After pulling & cutting it out, the Odometer & Speedometer only work when at idle or moving below 10 mph while applying the brakes or turning signal, otherwise neither one works. No wires appear broken or disturbed! Anybody know how to fix my problem?
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Old Jan 11th, 2009, 01:24 PM     #2
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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

Take a look at the wiring for the VSS (speed sensor) It's located not far from that area and furnishes the signal for the speedo. Other than that, a check of the wiring would be in order overall.

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Old Jan 13th, 2009, 03:04 PM     #3
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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

VSS is appears fine and is not near the area that the jacket was tangled! Could this problem be unrelated to the tangled jacket and just be a coincidence? Also, can you advise what the black rubber tip on the brake calipher is for? Is it part of the VSS system.
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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

Could you be referring to the black plastic cap that covers the bleeder screw here?
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Old Jan 13th, 2009, 04:33 PM     #5
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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

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VSS is appears fine and is not near the area that the jacket was tangled! Could this problem be unrelated to the tangled jacket and just be a coincidence? Also, can you advise what the black rubber tip on the brake calipher is for? Is it part of the VSS system.
If all else fails your HD dealer can check the speedo with diagnostics.
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Old Jan 14th, 2009, 09:03 PM     #6
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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

I had some problems with my 2000 sporty and found that if has diagnostic codes built in. I turned the key on while holding the button on the back of the speedo and it gave me the code for the sensor. Changed that and it sovled the problem.

Speedometer Diagnostic Codes
The following is taken from the HD Factory manual, 2000 edition:
SPEEDOMETER - DIAGNOSTICS
XLH Models have a speedometer with self-diagnostic capabilities.
GENERAL
The reset switch is used to change the odometer display between mileage and trip values and to reset the trip odometer. It is also used to identify the speedometer calibration and to enter the diagnostic mode, clear diagnostic codes and exit diagnostic mode.
DIAGNOSTIC MODE
The Diagnostic Mode is entered by turning the ignition from OFF to ON while holding the reset switch in. The normal power-up sequence will occur before entering the diagnostic mode. Diagnostic codes set during this power-up sequence will be stored as well.
Important Note: Be sure no diagnostic codes are indicated before reset is held in for more than 5 seconds or diagnostic information will be lost.
When in diagnostic mode the odometer will display the first diagnostic code. When the trip switch is pressed again the next code will be shown. If the trip switch is pressed for more than 5 seconds at any time while in the diagnostic mode, the diagnostic code displayed will be erased.
There are 7 different diagnostic codes available. They are as follows:
d01 - Speed sensor power output shorted low
d02 - Speed sensor power output shorted high or open
d03 - Not Used
d04 - Not Used
d05 - Speed sensor return shorted high
d06 - Speed sensor return shorted low
d07 - Not Used
d08 - Speedometer power over voltage
d09 - Speed output shorted high
d10 - Speed output shorted low or open
CAL XX - Speedometer application calibration number:
14 = Domestic
15 = HDI
When in the diagnostic mode, all codes are displayed in sequence from d01 to d10.
As a code appears in the display (for instance d02), it will read "d02Set" if set or "d02CLr" if clear.
The diagnostic mode is exited either by turning ignition from ON to OFF to ON again without depressing the reset switch or if a speed signal greater than 5 MPH is detected.
Diagnostics cannot be performed if system voltage is less than 9 VDC or greater than 16 VDC. The only exception is d08 which is set when system voltage is greater than 16 VDC.
After all the diagnostic codes are displayed, the speedometer calibration number is displayed (CAL 14 for example).
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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

The DTC for the sporty is also listed here.

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Re: Sportster Odometer & Speedometer problem

thank you old goat. that was extremely helpful. got my speedo working from your post. happy days.
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