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1996 harley 883 headlight flickers off real quick every minute or so with a clicking sound and my front and rear blinkers are dead. I turned it off and pulled out the key and it still made the clicking noise again. Any Ideas?

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You have a short in your electrical system somewhere that is causing your circuit breaker to trip. Harley uses automatic reset circuit breakers rather than fuses. If you get a short in your system somewhere, the current though the circuit breaker will cause it to trip. After a minute or so, the circuit breaker's bi-metal strip inside will cool and the circuit breaker will reset. If the short circuit still exist, the breaker will again trip.

To help find the source of the problem, you must determine which circuit breaker is tripping. In this case it sounds like the "lights" circuit breaker. Since your turn signals are on that circuit and they are not working, I'd start there to look for the reason.

When you turned off the key and it made the clicking noise again, this was probably the circuit breaker resetting itself after you removed the voltage and current flow through it by turning the switch off.

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Steve

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

Testimonial: "thanks Steve, youre right on the money I pulled the seat and figured out that it was 12v 15a 315 relay by pulling the fuses 1 by 1 until I found it."

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