Speedometer jumping around and making whining noise....

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Speedometer jumping around and making whining noise....

Post #1 by Bcubed » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:57 pm

82 GL 1100I

Sometime while riding the speedometer starts to jump around(not displaying the correct speed) and makes a whining noise. Only whines when it is jumping around....

Does it just need tightening up? Or what?

If it needs to be tightened, how would I go about do that?

Thanks for the help guys/gals!!!!

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Post #2 by warhead_71 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:28 pm

sounds like it needs lubed - and maybe the gears are stripping...
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Post #3 by Frenchy » Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:40 pm

Try lubricating the cable & the speedo.
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Post #4 by Bcubed » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:40 am

Tried lubing the cable... no improvement...

Haven't tried lubing the speedometer.....if that doesn't work....

How hard is it to replace the speedo?

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Post #5 by RebelRouser » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:41 am

Not Hard If You Have A Shop Manual....
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Post #6 by ringo00 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:08 pm

Had the same thing happen on my 1980. After breaking 3 cables in 2 weeks, I had to replace the speedo. It wasn't hard to do at all. Just take out all the screws, put in the new one and put all the screws back. It took me about 45 minutes to do.

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Post #7 by RAT » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:37 pm

Welcome, ringo00, to our little 'Wingdom.

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Post #8 by hmratbam » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:40 pm

Second what Rat said and I agree with ringo00! God Bless!
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Post #9 by heraldhamster » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:01 pm

are there any legal restrictions to replacing a speedo? the mileage will be all wrong, huh?
if someone swaps out with one that reads 19K and the previous read 85K...

then, heaven forbid, it gets sold... and unfortunately forgotten that the speedos were swapped. not that anyone here would intentionally do that, I'm just curious.

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Post #10 by Rastus » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:09 pm

Ok

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Post #11 by RebelRouser » Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:43 am

You For Go One Part To That Poll

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Post #12 by semerm » Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:05 am

I am not sure about titles in your state but in NYS they ask if the mileage is correct when transfered. In NYS I think you can check the speedometer is NOT correct and that is it (the buyer signs this too and is "warned"). I would keep the old speedo and if/when you part with it, give it to the person who is buying it as semi-"proof". I guess though technically anyone could buy a speedo with less miles and say they switched them but on the NYS title you are swearing the mileage is not correct by your signature. I would check you local law or look on the back of the title if your state requires one.

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Re: Speedometer jumping around and making whining noise....

Post #13 by caseyholen » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:56 pm

My speedometer did the same thing whining noise and jumpimg around. I would like to replace it with an aftermarket speedometer since the one that broke was one I got off ebay from another gl1100i. Any suggestions for aftermarket speedometers?

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Re: Speedometer jumping around and making whining noise....

Post #14 by Johnnygoesnaked » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:19 am

Hmmm well I've had the same issue. The speedo then stopped working entirely soon after. I replaced it with a 79 speedo on my 81 (couldn't find an 81 that's working, any ideas??) and the cable. The new speedo then had the same problem 500 miles after.

I'm thinking that the winding mechanism thing thats on the front tire might have a bad bearing. Any thoughts anyone?
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Re: Speedometer jumping around and making whining noise....

Post #15 by salukispeed » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:41 pm

There really are no bearings in the spedo drive at the wheel. It is well greased and basically is bushings/sleeves that hold the gears in contact with each other. They come apart and can be re-greased. My experience has been that the bronze bushings in the spedo stem that the shaft spins in dry out after many years and needs to be re lubed. You can get oil to the cable end but It is very difficult to get oil up to the inner bushing area where the trouble often is. I took an 1/8 in drill bit and drilled perpendicular and straight into the threaded stem a little bit at a time, just above where the cable attaching nut stops and the instant It touched the shaft I stopped drilling and this gave me a mid point to add a drop or two of 10W oil and let it sit and occasionally turning the shaft with a small screwdriver or end of the cable. Too much oil can wick up into the spedo and discolor the face if left upside down. So a little oil but in the right place. There may be a better oil that someone can suggest But I used non detergent 10W I had. I have had good luck with this so long as the bushings are not too damaged or have slop.
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