Tripmeter Not Working

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Tripmeter Not Working

Postby craig54028d » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:08 pm

I have a 2005 Honda VTX S Spec 3 and last year my tripmeter quit working. Does anyone know if it is possible to fix it and get it working again or do I just deal with it. Is this an indication that my spedo/odometer is starting to go bad?
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Re: Tripmeter Not Working

Postby Bareass172 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:45 pm

Can you elaborate about what you mean by "not working"? There are a few different problems that all manifest in specific different ways, so I need to know specifically what it is or isn't doing to help. ;)
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Re: Tripmeter Not Working

Postby craig54028d » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:13 pm

I should have elaborated more. I can use the button to switch between the different tripmeters and the odometers, but I can't reset either tripmeter. I'm currently on vacation and it has been a little while since I've rode and I can't remember if they even count. I believe they do, I no longer have the ability to reset them.
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Re: Tripmeter Not Working

Postby Bareass172 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:39 pm

So, if the tripmeter isn't counting but the odometer is, then that's an internal problem and unfixable as far as I'm aware. If they are counting right but the reset is the only problem then it might be the switch. Even though you can switch between everything, the reset relies on a button "hold" and if the contacts are bad/dirty you might just have a bad switch. The switches are fairly common failure items on the R/S models. You can easily pull the dash off (three 5mm allens) and see the screw contacts on the backside where the switch wiring goes. you can detach the switch and do a test with a jumper wire or set of alligator clip leads, etc. Briefly touching the wire should act like a push, holding the wire attached should act like a hold - make sense? That would tell you if the switch is the source of the issue, and if it is then replacing is very easy. ;)
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