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1996 Softail custom, nearside 15amp thermal cut out clicking, engine wont crank on button. Also prior to this problem the coil pack failed to supply a spark on both pots but only when engine became warm. Once rested it would fire up again but fail shortly afterwards.

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    bozcro May 11, 2010

    is battery holding charge or is it empting out?



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A common thing all the '90s era have is the kill (run/stop) switch next to the start button.To check it for a shorted wire click the switch to the kill/stop position and run a jumper wire (as big or larger than the size wire already there) from the white wire (+ positive) at the coil then go to the (+ positve) pole at the battery.If it starts and runs with out tripping or clicking the therm 15 amp run a new wire along side the harness from the back of the 15amp to the inner switch and cut the shorted wire at each end but leave it there so you wont cause more problems.These are usually shorted at the bars where the switch go together it pinches the wires comming into the two halves.NOTE:be careful to use good fitting allen wrench to loosen and or tighten the 2 switch halves on the bars,they strip easy then the allen just wont grab to unscrew them..headache!you can do it brother! g-luck,wallace,a.k.a.robotleg

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Check for broken or loose wires

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