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I hit my starter button also while bike was running wondering if it caused a problem

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Hi Anonymous, excellent question and the answer is NO. Starter drive designed for that minor infraction of the Harley Rules. Have nice day

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The large copper contacts in your starter's solenoid may need replacing. Look at the end of the starter and you'll see a 5-sided plate held on by three small screws. Use a 3mm allen wrench to remove the screws and the plate. Inside you'll find a plunger and a long spring. Remove the plunger and spring. Look inside of the solenoid and you'll see two large copper contacts. If they're badly burned, you might need to replace them. You can get them through a Harley dealer or from aftermarket suppliers. They are not difficult to replace and most of the time it can be done without removing the starter from the engine. Just disconnect the negative battery cable before you do this. The nuts that hold the contacts in are 14mm.

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