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1987 harley flhtc electrical problems. Bike will start then will run erraticly then quit with ALL power turning OFF>

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It could be your battery or most anything. If you watch the bike after it shuts down with the switch on, does the power come back on after a few minutes? If so, you're tripping your main breaker for some reason. The reason for the main breaker tripping is that something on the bike is pulling way too much current for some reason.

Now, if your battery voltage is dropping below 11 volts when you're trying to start your bike, the starter motor (as well as everything else on the bike that's running) will draw more current to make up for the lose of voltage. Simple DC circuitry theory. Ever see a car that won't start but the battery burns up the battery cable? That's because the battery has a shorted cell and is supplying only ten volts. So, the starter draws more current to make up for the lose in voltage. It draws enough current to cause the large battery cables to heat up and burn the insulation. Burns the starter up too. Take your battery out of the bike and take it to an automotive parts store. Ask them to load test the battery for you.

If that's not the problem, there's something on your bike drawing too much current. Maybe a dead short somewhere. I'm betting my two cents on the battery though.

Good Luck
Steve

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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