Question about Harley Davidson FXD Dyna Super Glide Motorcycles
Yes. sound like you have a bad battery. try replacing the batter and see what happens. if the starter relay clicks, then it is working, but since it wont start, it has to be the battery.
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
Hi and welcome to FixYa,
Starter relay problem is common to most bikes, not only to Harley Davidsons. More particularly, the fault would be on the contacts that do the actual switching of the high current supply to the starter motor. The clicking sound is significant as it indicates that the starter relay is working or at least trying to. The click is a result of the coil magnetizing the plunger that pulls one of the internal disks to contact the stationary disk. Each disk is connected to a big terminal; 1 for the battery +, the other to the starter motor. Common faults are melted insulators, corrosion, pitting or burning. While some starter relays could be disassembled and cleaned, they often fail again eventually. The best approach would be to replace the starter relay.
To confirm a faulty starter relay, short the 2 big terminals (on the nuts, not on the threaded stud) when the click is heard. Expect a big spark. If the starter motor spins, then the starter relay's contacts are faulty; if not, then it would be the starter motor or more particularly the carbon brushes and/or the communtator segments.
Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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