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Harley starter relay issues

Clicking sound for sportster relay

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The relay will be a little soft click and the solenoid will be a larger click.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014

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With just this info.Not knowing if the engine is stock or has bigger cams or high comp pistons.I would say check the starter solenoid by running jumper wire from one side to the other.then check ALL connections for corrosion and tightness

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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Possible solution. You probably know that harleys, unlike almost all the others used a bendix type to shove the starter motor's gears into engagement with the starter clutch. Since you replace the solenoid, the thing that pushes the gears into engagement; the battery, that would push the starter motor if the gears were in engaagement; and the starter motor, which would turn the ring gear if it was in engagement. So wht's left? Unfortunately it sound like it might be the teeth on either the ring gear or the bendix gear, probably the ring gear as it was notoriously weak on iron sportys. Not a problem you want to try to fix at home unless blessed with tools, room and time.

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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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Just had a similar issue with my '03 Dyna. Relay would click but not a peep out of the starter. It ended up being the ground(?) wire that plugs into the outside of the solenoid. The little plastic clip was worn out and causing it to lose connection intermittently. Replaced and back to normal. Let's ride!

Posted on Mar 24, 2012

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I have a 2004 harley sporster 1200 customs that will only start when I jump it. What do I need to do to resolve the issue?


Hi Robert, it should be noted that in order to "PROPERLY" diagnosis any electric starter issue it is "IMPERATIVE" that you begin with a fully charged battery 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a proper load test, and the usual suspects are:
1. Battery terminals have loose or corroded connections.
2. Battery cables faulty due corroded or broken internal wiring at the cable connector especially the "NEGATIVE" cable which needs to be checked at "BOTH" ends.
3. Battery voltage, 12.5 volts or better,to the main circuit breaker to the ignition switch to the security/ignition fuse to the TSM/TSSM module to the engine stop/run switch to the starter button to the starter relay to the green wire that connects to the starter solenoid has dropped more than 1/2 volt.
4. With a voltmeter connected to the battery, the ignition switch in the on position, the kill switch in the run position, the starter button depressed, starter engagement should not bring voltage below 8-9 volts.
If a lower voltage is produced a proper battery load test should be performed with a load tester to validate battery integrity or battery replacement.
5. Faulty starter relay, check continuity.
6. Faulty starter solenoid, check contact plate and shoes for excessive electrical erosion/etching, refurbish as necessary or invert contact plate and use the virgin backside. Check contact shoes for being loose. Replace solenoid if the negative function is still a final outcome.
7. Faulty starter, bench test starter with a 12-volt battery if negative function check, decontaminate and undercut armature commutator segments as necessary, check segments with an ohm-meter probe each one and the segment next to it for shorts. Have the armature tested with a growler and field coils, and brush plate with an ohm-meter for opens, shorts or grounds. Replace brushes if less than .438" It is generally cheaper to overhaul/refurbish a starter motor than buy a new one.
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Dec 11, 2015 | 2004 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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Why wont my 2002 sportster start? Battery starter and pos battery cable fairly new


That little black box (about an 1" square by about 1 1/2" high) that's clicking is (probably) the "starter relay", and they do go out over time.

Luckily, it's only about a $10-15 part.

Sep 03, 2014 | 2002 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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Sportster died while shifting to 2nd now won't start just one click


"only one click when I try to start it"

Sounds like a bad starter relay, about a $10-$25 part.

Mar 22, 2014 | 2007 Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster

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Sportster starter relay


Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1.Ignition/Light Key Switch not in IGNITION position.
2.Engine Stop switch in the OFF position.
3.Discharged battery, loose or corroded connections (solenoid chatters).
4. Bank Angle Sensor tripped and Ignition/Light Key Switch not cycled to Off and then back to Ignition
5. Starter control circuit, relay or solenoid faulty.
6. Electric starter shaft pinion gear not engaging or over-running clutch slipping.
For a prime suspect please visit website below:
Harley Davidson Sportster error codes and how to access them
Good luck

Sep 14, 2012 | 2000 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883...

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When i try to start my 03' sportster, it keeps


This sounds like a circuit breaker tripping. If you have a short somewhere, the circuit breaker will break with an audible click. When it cools off in a few seconds, it will reset. If the short circuit is still present, it will immediately trip again making the same clicking noise. You need to find out which breaker it is and trace the short. I don't think the starter relay is under the tank but if this is it, the relay is making a tick but the engine is not starting, you need a new relay.

Good Luck
Steve

May 30, 2011 | 2008 Harley Davidson XL883C Sportster

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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?

Jun 02, 2010 | 2001 Harley Davidson XL Sportster 883...

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Harley sportster 2001 starter removal ,it just clicks


You must have a fully charged battery.If you are just getting a click your battery proably doesn't have enough voltage to energize the starter relay.Check the battery voltage and if that is good 12.6 volts or more do a voltage drop test to the switch circuit( battery pos. to relay terminal 86) with switch on and starter button pushed the meter should read 1.0 vdc max if that is good black meter lead to relay terminal of solenoid again read voltage then engergize the system with only 1.0 vdc drop good luck

May 08, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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Breakers keep kicking off when starting 2000 Harley Sport XLHC


Battery connections have been the leading cause of what you've described. Turn the key, everythings in order, then contact! Instead of potato potato, it's just "click" and lights out. If this sounds familiar, check that battery is tight. Grounds are netorius for coming loose due to sporty vibrations.

Feb 01, 2009 | 2000 Harley Davidson XL 1200 C Sportster...

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Harley Davidson 883 2004


I have a 1980's somthing 883 with a fucked up hand built wiring harness and for some strange reason when I hit the starter it just clicks. So I moved the relays and got shocked. Whats my problem???

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