Question about 2003 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger

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Running problem I took the carb off to clean. The MC had been setting afew. It would start but not keep running. I notice a 3 wire plug behind the carb that was not plugged into anything GRN/White/Blk. Is this supposed to be hooked up somewhere/

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Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1. Spark plugs in bad condition or partially fouled.
2. Spark plug cables in bad condition or leaking.
3. Spark plug gap to close or to wide.
4. Faulty ignition coil, module and or sensor.
5. Battery nearly discharged.
6. Damaged wire or loose connections at battery terminals,
ignition coil, or plug between ignition sensor and module.
7. Intermittent short circuit due to damaged wire insulation.
8. Water or dirt in fuel system, carburetor or filter.
9. Fuel tank vent system plugged or carburetor vent line closed off.
10. Carburetor controls misadjusted.
11. Damaged carburetor.
12. Loose or dirty ignition module connector at crankcase.
13. Faulty MAP, CKP, and or CMP sensors.
14. Incorrect valve timing.
15. Weak or broken valve springs.
16. Damage intake or exhaust vale.
For a prime suspect please visit website below:
Harley Davidson Sportster error codes and how to access them
The three wire plug was for California models only and went to a solenoid accuated butterfly in the bottom of the air cleaner backing plate. Good luck

Posted on May 08, 2015


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pull out the idle air screw blow out w/ carb cleaner & make sure slow jet is clear..try they have helped me ';';';

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SOURCE: I took the apes off

Hello desertchop, i have done this before with the same results...I had two stereo amps mounted inside the fairing to deal with and birdsnest of wires from hell. Needless to say it's very aggravating....The dangling should of not hurt the lights, but before you backtrack, run a hotwire to see if they will power on, if they wont the solder might of pulled loose. I found that i had pinched a couple of wires and a one of the wiring harness connectors wasn't all the way in when i went back over everything...When the abs light flashes the brakes convert back to regular brakes, you have wire that has come off somewhere...check the harness...follow the abs line and you will find it. Take a zip tie and tie it together. Hope this helps & good luck with your glide.

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I don't know a lot about the later model bikes since I specialize in repairing the older bikes but I guess you damaged your front brake light switch in the right side handlebar switch housing. The switch sticks out of the side of the housing that faces the front MC. That's my best guess.

Good Luck

Posted on Jul 15, 2011

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