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Not getting spark all the time

2001 harley davidson sportster sometimes bike will not start due to no spark it is a back and forth thing

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  • swampbelly Mar 25, 2009

    power cuts out for a brief time. Backfires about once every mile or so.

  • bikedoctor May 11, 2010

    intermittant issues are the hardest to diagnos. It won't due it when in front of a tecnician.But if you want to be thrifty and do it yourself, I'm not sure what tests have been performed. I CAN positively find your failure. Top notch w/electrical...



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I think the only problem you have is a loose or corroded connection somewhere. Check your module plug connectors for corrosion (green junk). Check wires to coil, kill switch and other connections for loose or frayed wires or connectors.I doubt that you have a bad electrical component since it starts sometimes but it is possible. Let us know what you find.

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