Question about Harley Davidson FLHT - FLHTI Electra Glide Standard Motorcycles

1 Answer

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

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 4,565 Answers

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

Posted on Sep 12, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

The engine light comes on after start up then about 3 sec. goes off and the bike runs good and doesn't come back until start up, any ideas?

Hi Robert, when the ignition switch is turned on, it is normal for the engine light to come on for 3-4 seconds while the engine management system runs a series of self diagnostics. If it comes on again after your bike starts please visit the website below to retrieve any generated codes, if you still have issues with the engine light contact me at Good luck and have nice day. Harley Diagnostic Codes 04 to Present

Jul 22, 2015 | 2007 Harley Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide...

1 Answer

I have a 2001 FLHTC. When the ignition switch is put in the run position most of the time the red key light on the speedo does not come on and I get nothing from the start switch. If I turn the ignition on...

More than likely a relay has deteriorated. As far as I can remember the systems relay are in the fuse boxes inside the covers on the side of the bike. Check under both covers to find it.

Nov 01, 2013 | Harley Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide...

1 Answer

Had bad battery and had to jump my 04 road king was cranking and then quit . wont run now .. wrong lights come on when key is on

Looks like you may have incorrectly jump started your bike. If you have, then possible major damage - ECU - regulator - stator - the list could be endless. People often put + to - and this means reverse polarity. Same as putting you battery in backwards. Bang.

Sep 03, 2013 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLHTC - FLHTCI...

1 Answer

Where is the oil dipstick on a 2005 Harley FLHTCI Electric Glide. Bike was brother-in-laws and he recently passed away. Oil light is on so I assume I have to add oil. Where do I?

rt side just rear of your leg sitting on bike above shinny cover ..thats the ****** cover .oil lite on when running no oil or low pressure .it will come on just pryer to starting ..Check gage,in dash 30 psi cold around 1/2 that when get a Manuel its a must have ,,,,goood luck

Sep 15, 2011 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLHTC - FLHTCI...

1 Answer

My bike quit while riding home the other day.

start of breaking down of HT coil, if breaksdown while warm, leave for a while and start back up, it's HT coil, sounds like you should just carry on and see if it gets worse, then you'll know. unusual for a sudden complete breakdown so you shouldn't be stranded.

Aug 09, 2009 | 2003 Harley Davidson FLHTC Electra Glide...

1 Answer

I have a 1990 flhtc when i run my lights my bike wont start till i charge my batery up to full charge

Sonds like your bike may have a charging problem (regulator or stator) and you most likely need a new battery.

Jun 28, 2009 | 2004 Harley Davidson FLHTC - FLHTCI...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Motorcycles Logo

Related Topics:

285 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Harley Davidson Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4521 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4340 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76109 Answers

Are you a Harley Davidson Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides