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I have a 2005 883 Custom Sportster and check engine light comes on andengine will sputter and die on me. what causes this problem

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Sounds like an ignition problem. Sporty are known for these problems at times.

Posted on Nov 09, 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: Check engine light come on intermittently

if fuel injected possible bad sensor or cloged up with oil sludge

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SOURCE: 2003 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom Tachometer kit

The only idea that i can come up with is that you dont have a good ground..or the guage was bad when you bought it..i hope this..Keith

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You are going to have to pull the trouble codes out of the computer. If you can't do it yourself, a dealer can. This will give you a starting point to diagnose the problem.

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SOURCE: 2003 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster Custom

I would guess stale gasoline or fuel. Try fresh fuel in the tank. If this doesn't clear the problem, you could need to have your carburetor or fuel injection system cleaned. I'm not even sure if they put fuel injection on Sportsters since I don't work on fuel injected bikes. I mostly work on the older bikes like Panheads, Shovelheads, Evos. Not too many Sportsters but have worked on a lot of Ironhead Sportsters. Try the fuel first. It's a cheap fix. Hope it works for you. Good luck with the knee replacement. My wife had one knee replaced and it works great.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009

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