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1998 harley won't start, just loud clicks, then all of a sudden it will turn over and start

I replaced the starter relay and cleaned all the connections, I don't want to tear half the bike apart when its acting like a bad ground. When it dose engage, It turns over just fine but if I let up, its back to clicking for a hundred tries! HELP!!

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    John Lowell May 06, 2014

    FIXED IT!!!! it was the plumger in the solenoid, easy fix! Taking the starter out would of been a major job, this was 3 bolts and swap the plunger DONE!

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I would put my money on a bad starter motor. I probably has either burned out brushes or the commutator is severely pitted and the brushes aren't getting juice into the armature. When you click it a hundred times, the starter motor turns enough to hit a good spot on the commutator and the motor takes off and spins the engine. Replace the starter.

Posted on Apr 23, 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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You need to determine if the solenoid is delivering power to the starter motor terminal when it just clicks. You need to have either a test light or a voltmeter to read 12 volts DC. If, when it clicks, and the meter shows 12 volts at the starter terminal, then the starter motor is in trouble (it could be bad brushes or an open segment on the armature commutator). If you see no voltage, then check the battery side of the solenoid to see if the normally present at all times 12 volts disappears when the starter is tried. If that is so, check the battery cable for a bad wire or connection all the way to the battery. If it stays 12 volts, then the solenoid is bad and should be replaced. Hope that gets you started!

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Bike won't start/clicking coming from starter relay

Have you tried charging the battery or jumpstarting it with another battery?

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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SOURCE: when trying to start , starter makes a loud

The battery is either dead, or there is a bad connection. Try to jump start it with a car. Positive to positive, Negative to ground and see if it starts. If it starts then, its probably the battery. Remove it and have it tested.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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SOURCE: it won't start, it just clicks??

It could be a lose or corroded concision , but before getting to deep in to it I would pull the spark plugs and give it a shot of oil wd/40 in the cylinder's, and crank it over with out the spark plugs in especially if it sat for a wile where it could have been damp. make sure the new battery is charged if still wont crank over then it is likely the starter could be bad you can check that with a amp. draw test . hope this give you what you need to know , let us know if this Helped Thank You.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010

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