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2001 Sportster 1200s starting issues

I pulled up on my driveway, and thought I put the kickstand down. I didn't i guess, and my bike fell over. Now I am getting a clicking noise that repeats if I hold the start button down, but clicks once if I just push the start button and let go. It is coming from the starter area. The battery is not dead. I tested it with a multi meter. checked the fuses and they are fine. Tried the BAS(Bank Angle Sensor) magnet trick and now change. It hit pretty hard and I picked the bike right up. It sounds like the started isn't lined up or something. Any other solutions. Its not cranking over, just clicking. Which I would think is a battery issue but its not. I have checked all leads and battery is fine. Help please

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The starter drive is stuck out...take a big rubber mallet and hit the primary in the area of the starter......mine has done it 3 times ever since I dumped it the same way...sounds stupid but it works,,,i used my big snap-on dead blow hammer..one good shot should do.it,,,,then go have a shot..to celabrate

Posted on May 11, 2013

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    I very much appreciate it Jeff. I didn't have a rubber mallet so is dinged it up a bit. I will have a shot for you as well. Thank you so much.

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Hi Do you have an alarm fitted and do you use an optimate charger,I had the same problem with my 1200s, the optimate (battery charger) caused the imoblizer to cut in and starter would turn but would not start. Took fuse from alar and bike started fist time. Hope this helps

Posted on Jun 03, 2013

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SOURCE: Clicking sound on start-up.

a clicking sound means there was enough electric power to engage the solenoid, but not enough to turn the starter. battery is low

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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SOURCE: There is some sort of short happening. Battery is

if not a fuse its the starter solenoid

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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SOURCE: 93 HD Sportster 1200 will not start!

Have you tried to bypass the starter button/switch? Use a heavy jumper wire to go between the starter terminal and the positive battery terminal. Turn the key to "On" position, make sure "Run/Off" switch is turn on. Make sure bike is in neutral. I've started guys bikes with coat hangers before when they lost had trouble with the starter button. If the bike starter turns over, you'll at least have a place to start looking for the issue. Also you said you checked the battery, what was the voltage?

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks for the info. I tried your solutions, but bike will still not start. Do not see any pinched wires. When you push the start button the ignition circit pops and then resets. Any other suggestions would be great. Thanks for all your help phinfanls13"

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SOURCE: my sportster will not start. it only makes a

It sounds like the starter relay is making the noise. Here's check you can make. Look at the starter from the right side of the bike. there is a five sided plate on the end of the starter. Just above the plate, there's a singe wire connecting to the starter. Unplug this wire and connect a test light or volt meter to the wire. Turn the switch on and press the starter button. If the light lights up or the volt meter shows battery voltage on this wire, the problem is the starter. If no voltage is show or the light does not light up, the starter relay is bad.

The starter relay is a one inch cube looking device. Take the seat off and look for it under there. They used to be on the backside of the oil tank. Feel of it when you depress the start button. If this is what is clicking and you don't have voltage at the wire on the starter, the relay is bad. This is a common problem.

However, if you get voltage on the wire at the starter, your starter solenoid is bad and will require the replacement of the starter.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Oct 17, 2010

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SOURCE: My 97 fatboy battery started

Well, I don't really know how to tell you to troubleshoot your starter when you don't have a meter. When you press the starter button, there is a starter relay that is usually mounted on the rear fender extension on the Fat Boy that engages and provides voltage to the starter solenoid. This voltage goes to the solenoid via the single small wire that plugs onto the starter just above the d-sided plate on the end of the starter. This wire goes hot which energizes the coil in the solenoid. The magnetism pulls the plunger into the starter. The plunger has a large round copper "washer" that make contact to two copper terminals inside the solenoid that connects the battery to the starter motor.

To test the starter, make SURE your transmission is in neutral. Take the 5-sided plate off the end of the starter. There are three 3mm bolts that hold the plate on. Behind the plate, you'll find the plunger and long spring. Using a large screwdriver or something, push the plunger into the solenoid as far as you can. The starter should engage and turn the engine. If not, look at the copper contacts inside the solenoid. If they look burned and are not smooth across the face, you may need to replace them. Rebuild kits are available both through Harley and aftermarket suppliers.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

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