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2005 FXST The speedometer does not work and when I play with the switch it goes all the way around to max speed and it slowly starts going back down to 0

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

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    Mel Jacobson Oct 01, 2009

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



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