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Motorcycle Mechanic Advice on a 1992 Heritage softail. Having ignition problems. Lights come on and I get a clicking in the starter relay, but when I switch it to ignition, there it is completly dead. Replaced the starter Relay and same problems are occuring

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I'm a little confused. You said that the lights come on and you get a clicking at the starter relay. Then you say that when you switch to igniton, everything goes dead. From the factory, you must first turn the switch to the ignition position before you can get anything, lights, starter, horn. Some guys set their switches up to be like an old style bike. First click is ignition, second click is ignition and lights. But, since most states now require you ride with your headlight on all the time, Harley simply wires the switch to a "one position" switch.

At first guess, I'd think you have a bad switch because you said the when you went to the "ignition" position, everything went dead.

But, you said that you could get lights and a clicking noise. If the clicking is coming from the small one inch plastic cube starter relay, you may or may not be getting power to the starter solenoid.

Look at the starter from the right side of the bike and you'll see a five sided plate with three small bolts holding on. At the top of this plate, you'll see a single wire connector. Unplug this wire and use either a test light or a volt meter to test for voltage on this wire when you press the start button and the starter relay clicks. If you do, the relay is good but something is wrong in the starter. If no voltage, the relay is not doing it's job.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

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