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2001 deuce. Hit starter and i almost engaged then everything went black. No lights on the dash or speedo, not headlight, nothing. Tried to jump it and the starter "chattered", did not engage. Pulled battery and hooked directly to a running car with jumper cables. Would chatter but not engage and cables got very hot. Do I need to replace starter, solenoid, relay or all 3?

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I'd take my battery to an automotive parts store and have it tested. They'll usually do this free of charge. If bad, replace the battery. The best battery for the money today is Harley's GasMat battery. They don't get any better for the price. Make sure all your connections are tight and clean. This will probably fix your problem.

The chattering and the hot cables sounds like you were not getting enough voltage. You starter is designed to run on 12 DC. Since it's a motor, if the voltage drops, it will pull more current to make up for the low voltage and try to run. The enormous amount of voltage it draws made the cables run hot. The problem is that if the cables got that hot, you can imagine how hot the small wires in the starter got. So, you may be looking at a starter but I'd do one thing at a time. No need to waste time and money if you don't need to. If the battery doesn' fix it, go with the starter.

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