Clicking noise coming from drive shaft when i excellerate
The problem started the other day when i took off from my driveway and i notice a clank sound from the bottom of my bike . i was coasting with my clutch pulled in and when i released it was when i heard it. it was like something was loose on my back tire. so i pulled it back home and stopped. i thought my back tire was a litlle loose so i tightened it up a couple of turns. now running very late a hit the freeway and notice that as i gave it gas i got some very fast clicking from the drivline.i parked it along the road and loosened up the wheel to where it was previously but now the wheel seemed looser then befor and the sound got much louder. i cant doo too much work on it where it is parked but i dont think i should drive it now. any ideas on a coarse of action for me. thanks i really appreciate any help you cound give. chris
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Could be several things, but lets check the less exspensive solutions first.
Chain/Belt guard bolts loose and scrapping tire or belt.
If shaft drive, check/add gear oil.
Get a piece of wood and put it against the motor and the other end to your ear.
Now put it against the transmission
Now put it on the clutch cover
Listen to see where the sound is more prominent(noticeable).
If motor you may be hearing a stiff timing chain, check/change oil & filter first, then listen again
if tranny, you may need to change your oil, if you hear the gaers whining. good clean oil will quiet a noises tranny.
Clanks , clucks, rattles, are not good noises
a whining noise could be something simple to worn out bearings.
Check to make sure that nothing is rubbing first,(misplaced saddlebag,loosened guard)
Listen with a stethescope or piece of wood if the noise is hard to locate.
Sportsters are noisey beasts, are you new to Harleys if so it is most likely normal. I know when I first got mine it sounded to me like it was coming apart. I changed to Mobile 1 synthetic oil and it quited up.
That clicking noise comes from the start-relay, that tells your battery is out of power or almost out of power, when the battery isent giving enough of power the start-relay clicks. Recharge the battery,
Now for that other thing, that your bike dies around 4-5 rpm, that can be caused by many things but i think that you will find the solution in the carbs. You told us that the bike has been standing outside for 3 years, that tells me that you carbs is in need of cleaning. Inside the carbs is a lot of smal parts that opens and closes when you hit the gas, after so long time outside some part dosent work as they should, therefore when you hit the 4-5rpm the bike dosent get the right mix of fuel and air since the carbs harsh and the bike dies.
Take the bike to a repaire shop and let them clean and calibrate the carbs and your problem will be solved.