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Harley Davidson Starter problem

My 2010 Harley Davidson Street Bob won't start. I have checked the battery and it rates at 12volts however when I attempt the electric start I get no audible clicking. Is this a starter cylanoid gone faulty?

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  • The battery is getting pretty old. I would have it checked with a load tester. Any auto parts house can do this.
  • A bad battery cable (either + or -) or a bad connection on either battery cable will do this also.
  • A bad starter switch (in the handle bar) will do this.

If this was my bike I would
  1. Pull the battery and have it tested.
  2. Clean all the battery cable connections and the starter switch cable connection.
  3. If you want to pull the starter for bench test, this is the time.
  4. Put it together and try it.

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SOURCE: 2003 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce FXSTDI

If your starter is spinning but the engine is not turning over, you over running clutch or Bendix is bad. On the Nippondenso style starter on the late bikes, this starter clutch is inside of the starter. You must pull the starter off and disassemble it to repair the starter. If you can do the job yourself, you can repair the starter and save some money. If you're going to have to pay a mechanic to do the work, simply replace the starter. Any money saved by repairing the starter in this case would be quickly depleted in labor cost.

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I'm not too familiar with the later model bikes but if I were getting a clicking noise under the seat and the bike was not starting, I'd investigate the source of the noise. It's possible that it is a starter relay that engages the solenoid that is an integral part of the starter. Look at the starter from the right hand side of your bike. You'll see a single small wire that connects to the end of the starter just above the end plate of the solenoid. Disconnect this wire and connect a test light or volt meter to the wire. Turn on your ignition switch and press the start button. You should hear the click under the seat and see voltage at the end of that wire. If not, replace the relay, a plastic cube about an inch in dimension.

Good Luck

Posted on Jul 02, 2011

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SOURCE: 2010 harley davidson changed battery and now won't start

Put it in neutral and pull the clutch in. Kickstand up and Killswitch in the normal position. Turning the key off and back on will reset the FI Light. Make sure that battery is fully charged first. Low voltage might not fire the injectors. Let us know how it goes.

Heck, toggle that killswitch a half dozen times.

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If the battery cables were not thoroughly clean they might offer enough resistance to prevent the starter from spinning. That happened to me. I was on the road far from home. I had lights but it won't spin the starter. In fact it was so bad, the lights went off when I hit the starter.

I pulled the seat, removed the cables, scraped them clean with my jackknife, replaced the battery cables and it started right up.

Before you tear into it, double check the kill switch on the right handle grip. next to the start button there is a run switch. Be sure that is pushed down to the run position.

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