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post #1 of 7 Old 06-20-2019, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Instrument Panel doesn't work when running

When I first turn my key to the on position, both the speedometer and odometer max out and return to zero. Then when I turn my ignition stop switch to the on position the instrument panel works.

Once I start the engine, the instrument panel, speedometer and odometer stop working. Sometimes the speedometer and odometer will come on for a few seconds,but never the instrument panel.

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-20-2019, 02:25 AM
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For a first answer, with strange electrical issues; first things I'd check would be battery, cables, and the battery ground cable - the other end from the battery.

But others here are more expert and it may be that this is a KnownThing. I'll be interested myself in what the experts think.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-20-2019, 05:29 AM
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It sounds like either the power supply or earth fed to the gauges is failing. Often an electrical feed can pick up via an alternate power source, if the main feed is interrupted, like via a bulb, resistor, etc, but as soon as the gauges requires more power / amps than the alternate source can provide, it fails.
My suggestion would be to obtain a wiring diagram for your ride and attempt to trace which of the power and earth feeds have failed. It may even be as simple as a blown / corroded fuse terminal. Let us know your progress.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-20-2019, 08:03 AM
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Perhaps some appropriate lube to the ignition switch or check fuses. Otherwise break the connection on the instrument panel loom section and reconnect. It might just be a poor connection on one of the pins.

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A 2005 in Florida, my money is on terminl corrosion or an intermitent fault in a wire. Both peices of advice above seem sound.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-20-2019, 10:10 AM
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There is a large white plug on the left side under the gauges. Take a look at the plug for corrosion, signs or arcing and/or bent pins.


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I had an issue with the instruments dying, needle sweeps while riding. Then the bike would quit and be completely dead for a while. Switch was not getting power, no power getting past the starter relay. So, new relay and I thought it was fixed. Then it started having issues again.

The second instrument power issue ended up being a loose connection in the ignition switch. Soldering had broken loose. Put a newer switch in off a 2012 and I haven't had anymore problems with it since.

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