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My 2004 883 sportster will not start. It won't turn over

I changed the battery, the bike started and then cut off, It started a second time and died now it will not start. Not sure why it won't turn over.

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If it won't turn over, you either have a battery issue or a starter issue. (could be a wiring short also, but rare) Most likely if the motor spun over for a long period of time before starting, it used all the current in the battery. Charge the battery and see if this helps. If so it could be the stator not charging the bike. The other item could be a loose wire on the starter. Have this checked. I hope this helps, let me know how it turns out. Thanks!

Posted on Mar 27, 2014

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SOURCE: while riding all lights started to flash engine run erratic bike died of death bike will not start

Start with charging and load testing the battery. Then test the stator, to test the stator on the bottom of the right down tube is the plug that goes from the stator to the voltage regulator. With a multi meter, read the voltage from the stator, I forget the exact values but as you rev the motor the voltage should climb if it dosn't your stator is bad. If the stator is good take a reading again with the motor running at the battery cables, again I forget the exact value but you should have a steady reading at the battery, if it isn't and fluctuates it is bad.

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SOURCE: 1995 Harley Sportster won't turn over.

sounds like the battery has dropped a cell,it will still have power but not enough to turn the bike over properly,harley atarters use a lot of current to turn over so a slightly weak battery will cause all sorts of grief,hope this helps...cheers

Posted on Jul 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 2007 sporster turn signals flasher , bike wont start

He's right! The key fob for the security system needs a clear signal to the module to disarm the bike. That's why the flashers turn on. If the fob is at the bike, the security module has lost it's memory, or the antenna for the key fob reception is not connected. You also need to squeeze the clutch lever to allow the engine to engage also...new safety feature i think for 07. Hope this helps.
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Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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SOURCE: My 2007 HD sportster nightster is not starting.

I have had the same problem. Been throught two batteries, new cables,checked the fuses 999 times. It only starts every now and then. You must take a wrench and get the positve cable just right and it will start for a week or so then back to the same thing. You would think after building motors for so long Harley could at least make a bike that starts.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 2006 HD Sportster 883 won't run on idle

your idle passages are clogged there are 3 spots to blow out or clean the idle mixture screw is located on the bottom of the carb behind the bowl remove to clean there is a holeabout 1/8" inch in the front of the carb at the bottom of the throat 2 actually i think the 1 closest to the middle of throat is the 1 you are looking for this is where it draws air to elmusify the idle mixture. spray brake clean or carb cleaner into the small hole it should spray out the idle screw mixture hole [with idle screw out of hole] if this does not clear. the 3rd spot is inside the throat of the carb on the intake side you will have to remove the carb from the engine there is 1 more spot. the idle jet located inside the bowl

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