Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Northern Colorado, CO, USA
The Clouds Gather
Howdy. I decided to start a new thread on the woes of diagnosing my speedometer and ABS failure. The ABS warnings and the testing / mutilation of the rear wheel speed sensor cable are documented in the previous thread.
At the end of the thread, Mark neblett (Hi, Mark) suggested what seemed to be an excellent test first brought to light by David Shealey (hi, Dave). As I understood it, the idea is to bring an active soldering iron in close proximity to the rear wheel sensor harness with the bike ignition turned on. The 60 Herz frequency emitted by the iron would energize the sensor harness and the speedometer would indicate a reading if all the components in the system upstream from the sensor cable were operating.
Yesterday, I took my 30 - 35 watt soldering iron out to the garage and plugged it in to a working extension cord. With Lynn, The Pillion Princess, watching the speedometer and the ignition turned on, I placed the rapidly heating soldering iron tip near the sensor cable, the sensor cable to harness connector and as far upstream of the connector as I could reach. The good news is that I managed to not melt, singe, char, ignite or in any other way produce an unintended result in the further reduction of the resale of the motorcycle, garage, garage contents, myself or my marriage. The bad news is the speedometer never budged.
Folks I'm seriously beginning to fear I've set a new high in Negative Mechanical Karma because if I've done this last test correctly, it seems that the Moronic and/or ABS controller or something else equally expensive has died and taken the LT with it. To head off a well intended suggestion or three, the local dealer wants over $100 to plug the LT into the black magic detector to read the codes and I just can't afford that. Late at night, lying awake staring at the ceiling I'm beginning to imagine selling the LT for $3.29 to a grimy laughing salvager while his magnetic scrap crane sucks the bike out of the garage with a woosh and a clank. So, for the sake of a good night's sleep and keeping my LT away from the magnetized vultures, I'd deeply appreciate some real positive karmic reinforcing help on this from our mechanical mavens. Mr. Shealey, did I do the soldering iron test correctly? Or did I neglect to put a body appendage in the correct position? Mr. Neblett, I'm afraid you're gonna have to be patient for amusing fireworks in the western sky a bit longer.
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