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Speedometer does not zero when ignition switched on jumps to any speed

Have to turn key on/off to zero speedometer,start engine and it can jump does not all ways stay at 0 mph.

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One thing to try is to remove and clean the transmission located speed sensor.

A lot of times, metal shavings (from normal wear) in the transmission will cling to the end inside the transmission (due to it being a magnetic coil), and interfere with it.

If it works good afterwards, but starts acting up again after a short time, it probably needs a new one, about a $60-70 part.

Posted on May 11, 2014

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Most likely yes.Renew the battery and measure the charging system to be sure that it charges the battery correctly.

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SOURCE: Speedometer on my 2006 Harley XL stopped working.

Pull the speedometer sensor from the top of the tranny and clean it off.

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SOURCE: engine/electrical problem

charging device or voltage regulator is faulty.

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check the wires to the speedo for a short and clean the connectors

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SOURCE: My speedometer sometimes doesn't register

The VSS " Vehicule Speed Sensor" is the common issue for this happened..The VSS is located on the Top gear box .

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