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No start problem on 07 883 customer sportster. When I hit the starter it either starts or when it does not start you can hear a click like a relay switch. 3 moths ago harley dealer replaced a relay do to bike would shut off while riding. Is there any connection with the two? Any ideas? The bikes no longer under warranty and I don't want to get racked over the coals.

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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!

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