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Can only start my harley when i pull out the batery if i put batery back it dies what can be wrong have checked for any loose wires cant find any?

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What year and model is your ride? Is this a kick start set up? How are you starting it with out a battery? Is it running with the battery not hooked up?

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SOURCE: bike wont start turn over till batery dies. where

It will have a fuel filter in the fuel line (should be easy to find) but does not have a fuel pump. Firstly i would check you have spark on all cylinders as this is the most likely thing to be going wrong. Once you are sure you have spark you can start trouble shooting fuel and air delivery problems.
To check for spark remove a sparkplug, insert it back into its HT lead. Place the threads of the sparkplug on the engine block and crank the engine. A strong blue spark should be visible.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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SOURCE: replaceing the battery on a 2004 harley davidson

One of them should be red, with a plastic cover on it, and the other one black, and they should only reach the terminal they belong to, The battery should only fit one way, for the wires to reach it. So, red is hot, or +,, and black is neg, or -,,, Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: 2003 harley sportster. my bike

Your bike is not equipped with points. Harley stopped using points in 1979. What you have is a solid state ignition unit and the flashing light is used to time the ignition with. The number of wires and where they should go is dependent upon what type of ignition unit you have. If you can see the unit, it should have a name and model number on it.

Here's a test. Start the bike and allow it to run until it shuts off. Pull the spark plug wire and put another set of spark plugs in them and lay the plugs against the engine so that they get a good ground. Turn the ignition switch on and then back off. Watch the plugs when you turn the switch off. You should see a single spark. If not, your coil is probably bad. If you see the spark, the coil is good.

To test the coil, take all the wires off the small terminals of the coil. Use an ohm meter and put the function switch in R X 1 scale. Measure the resistance between the two terminals. You should read between 2 and 3 ohms of resistance. If it reads any higher than this, the coil is bad.

If the coil checks good, then the problem is in the solid state unit in the timer cavity. If it's an aftermarket unit, you'll have to send it back to the factory to see if it's bad. If it's an aftermarket unit, you can go to their website and look up the technical information and installation instructions for the unit using the model number.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Apr 25, 2011

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SOURCE: '90 Harley fatboy keeps sputtering

buy yourself a couple bottles of gas line antifreeze. this will soak up any water in your fuel. add about a half a bottle now and next few times you fill up add a half bottle.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011

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SOURCE: My Harley Davidson 2002 Heritage Soft Tail is only

its the front one thats bad--chec the wire-it rots from the inside or it may be disconnected from the coil--plug could be fouled or bad or no gas is gitten to that cylinder---------troublshootn test are a must and so is a clymer manual

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There is no current on the coils. it's been working fine but one tmne it started back firing. i have new sparkplugs but it would'nt still start


Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1. Fuel tank empty
2. Fuel supply valve turned off.
3. Fouled spark plugs.
4. Engine flooded with gasoline as a result of over use of enrichner.
5. Fuel valve or filter clogged.
6. Vacuum hose to automatic fuel supply valve disconnected, leaking, or pinched.
7. Discharged battery, loose or broken battery connections.
8. Loose wire connection at coil, battery or plug between ignition sensor and module.
9. Spark plug cables in bad condition and shorting, spark plug cable connections loose,
or cables connected to wrong cylinders.
10. Ignition timing incorrect due to faulty ignition coil, ignition module, or sensors " Manifold Absolute Pressure" "Camshaft Position Sensor" "Crank Position Sensor" "Brake Apply Sensor
11. Engine lubricant to heavy ( winter operation )
12. Sticking or damaged valves or push rod wrong length.
13. Primary cam sproket spline sheared or missing spacer.
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Your bike is not equipped with points. Harley stopped using points in 1979. What you have is a solid state ignition unit and the flashing light is used to time the ignition with. The number of wires and where they should go is dependent upon what type of ignition unit you have. If you can see the unit, it should have a name and model number on it.

Here's a test. Start the bike and allow it to run until it shuts off. Pull the spark plug wire and put another set of spark plugs in them and lay the plugs against the engine so that they get a good ground. Turn the ignition switch on and then back off. Watch the plugs when you turn the switch off. You should see a single spark. If not, your coil is probably bad. If you see the spark, the coil is good.

To test the coil, take all the wires off the small terminals of the coil. Use an ohm meter and put the function switch in R X 1 scale. Measure the resistance between the two terminals. You should read between 2 and 3 ohms of resistance. If it reads any higher than this, the coil is bad.

If the coil checks good, then the problem is in the solid state unit in the timer cavity. If it's an aftermarket unit, you'll have to send it back to the factory to see if it's bad. If it's an aftermarket unit, you can go to their website and look up the technical information and installation instructions for the unit using the model number.

Good Luck
Steve

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