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Turn the ignition key to on. sometimes the lights come on and I can start the bike ,sometimes not.Battery is OK. 1998 thunderbird sport

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Sounds like the starter solenoid is on its way out.Follow the positive lead of the battery down to a small canister,about the size of a pill bottle.When you advance the key you should hear a distinctive click coming from this part.If you don't try tapping on it lightly to see if you can get it to click.If you have a 12 volt meter you should be getting a good solid 12 volts going down to the starter motor from the solenoid .If you don't you have your culprit.Happy Riding

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  • tbird1 Dec 29, 2010

    The chances are that it is the igition switch itself, they get clogged up and need a clean every now and then. A good clean up and a smear of electrical compound should do the trick. You wil neeed to drill out the securing screws and get replacements as they are the sheer off type

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