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2000 H.D. Sprotster; starter will not turn when you hit the start button, just get a clic. Battery is good and lights are on. Is this a starter problem or is there something else I should check.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Almost always, the click indicates that the starter relay is working or at least trying to.  Initial checks:

  • externally charge the battery and have it load tested (just to eliminate the remote possibility).  Necessary precaution if the bike is equipped with alarm/security devices;
  • bypass the starter relay by jumping the 2 big terminals on the nuts (not on the threaded portion);
  • expect a big spark;
  • the starter motor should spin;
  • if it does, then the starter relay contacts are pitted, burned or corroded and would require replacement;
  • if it will not, then a starter motor problem most likely the carbon brushes and/or commutator segments.
Postback results of tests.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

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