Speedometer quit

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    Went to ride today and my speedo (analog, not digital) and odometer were not working. ABS light stays on. Worked fine when I parked it after last ride (three weeks ago). Checked fuses, cleaned abs sensors with no results. What could it be? 2017 Darkhorse Chieftain. Leaving in a few days on a two-month trip, so it will be a while before I can actually address the issue.
    Also, average speed now shows 116mph, I do not ride that fast. And the oil life reset to 100%. This may have been due to pulling fuses to check them.
     
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    A little over a year ago I noticed my speedo quit in me. I pulled over. Turned power off then back on. All normal. A day later it happened again. But I noticed my cruise would work either. Called a friend who is a tech. Said it was probably the speed sensor. Told me to clean them and hope for the best. Well it worked. For about 900 miles. So I took it in and had them plug it in. It was the front sensor. Easy fix. Bought the sensor and swapped it out at home. Plug and play. I hope this helps.
     
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    I guess it was the speed sensors I cleaned, not ABS, or are they the same things? So they can test to see if front or rear? I see new sensors are $181 on cheap cycle parts. Am I correct in assuming to go with whatever number of shims are currently used? I did not check the cruise control, but it is safe to assume it does not work either. The turn signals no longer self-cancel, since the bike does not know its speed.
     
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    Well technically the speed sensors help work the abs. Yes they can tell you which one is out. My 16 Springfield had a shim only on the rear one. Pretty sure they are all the same. The rear speed sensor is a pain to swap. It's routed in the strangest way.
     
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    This happened o me a couple times on my 17 RM. It was usually after a rain. Not during, but after. In the end they replaced it under warranty. Never had the issue again. It was the small disc with slots in it on the front hub.
     
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    Unfortunately, my warranty is out. I will deal with it in March when I get home. Hopefully this will not be a backordered part.
     
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    Front and rear speed sensor are vital for the cruise control. If there is a disparity, the CC will cut off (wheel spin).
    The front speed sensor feeds the speedometer. If either goes bad, you’ll get an ABS light.
    Since your speedo quit, I’d go for the forward one.

    Here’s how my Service Mgr told me that they test the sensors (and it is so easy):
    For an ABS light and/or no Cruise Control
    Ge the front wheel off the ground, power the bike up, then spin the front wheel by hand. If the speedo registers, the front sensor is good. If not, the front sensor is bad. If the front sensor is good, then the rear sensor is bad.
     
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    Great advise Dan,.......Thanks,......
    Alpal
     
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    All my headaches turned out to be the rear speed sensor!
     
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    Did u swap it yourself or did you let the shop do it?
     
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    Did it myself. Had to get the back of the bike raised up so I could crawl under and see how stuff was hooked up. It wasn't too bad, did not use many colorful metaphors! lol
     
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    Ha. Awesome.
     
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