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Cranking problems on 08 Harley Davidson motorcycle

When I purchased my Harley brand new it really cranked good and had no problems. About ten months after purchasing my motorcycle it started not cranking good when engine was warmed up good. It was like the starter drive was not engaugeing good and slipping on the flywheel. Well I have taken this back to the harley shop and they say that this is normal. It has steadily getting worse and draws alot of attention from other Harley owners. Seems that I am the only one who has this problem and I was wondering if you could help me. As of now I have about 9 and a half months left on my warranty. If my engine was to stall for any reason and I was in a bond to crank it in a emergency I would deffinetly would be in trouble. It takes about three or four attempts before it wil crank.

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  • millerman200 Dec 20, 2008

    Hi Paul,

    You were right it was the starter. Harley kept telling me that this was normal but it was steadily getting worse. Well I made a complaint to the Harley Manufacture and asking for help, well the next day my Harley dealership call me and now wanted to help. They were all over my bike working on it. Then after two hours of inspection they came back and told me it was my starter and it does need to be replaced. Well they are ordering me a new starter and when it comes in they will call me and install it. I want to really thank you for your help.



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Hi Bro!
This problem seems to possibly be the starter itself, have you ever tried turning your engine over after leaving it for a few weeks/months with a poorly/flatish charged battery hot or cold? if so this can cause the Windings in the armature to get very hot and some may have burned through the coating causing it to internally short. When cold the windings are too and pass voltage easily but the amps go up when warm. sooner or later this will pack up completely. If it isn't the starte then is the battery ok? have it drop tested before eliminating it from the problem. Finally try running a jumper lead from the Negative- terminal on the battery direct to the engine or starter motor body to give it a jolly good earth. If all that fails grab Mr 'D's salesman or technician and have it replaced before warranty goes out the window. Oh! wouldn't tell anyone about low charge starting??
Good Luck,
Paul 'W'

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    Paul W Dec 28, 2008

    Hi Again Kurt, I thank you for replying and I am well pleased you achieved a good result, We can't have a Bro' in trouble and I know what Harley Staff are like, I had a grief with my local crew (Birmingham England) so Have yourself a Happy and reliable New Year!

    Paul 'W'

    FLHR Classic owner.


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