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I recently moved and had my 2009 Harley Nightster shipped. I now I can't start it. I recharged the battery, but, nothing. It clicks when I hit the starter, but it won't even turn over.

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Does everything else work? Do you have a security system on the bike? If you're sure it's not the security system, look at the starter from the right side of the bike. Just above the pentagon shaped plate on the end of the starter, there is a single wire connection. Unplug this wire. Using a test light or volt meter check to see if you have voltage on the wire when you press the start switch with the ignition on. If not, your starter relay is probably bad. If you do have voltage, the problem is in your starter.

The relay is a common one inch cube device somewhere on your bike, probably under the seat. When the ignition switch is on and your press the start button, you can feel a slight click in the device. This tells you it's working but if you aren't getting voltage to the solenoid of the starter, the contacts are corroded. Simply unplug the relay and replace it.

Now, if you do get voltage, remove the endplate of the starter but taking out the three bolts. MAKE SURE THE TRANSMISSION IS IN NEUTRAL. Now, you'll see the plunger inside the starter. Take a large screwdriver or something and push it inwards. The starter should engage and turn the engine over. Reinstall the plate, connect the wire, and try the starter again. If it works, great. If not, you may need to replace the large copper contacts inside the solenoid or the solenoid is bad. Let me know what happens.

Good Luck

Posted on Aug 19, 2010


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