Question about 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic

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My softail will not fire, it just turns over until I run the battery down and it will not turn over any more. I tried spraying starting fluid into the air cleaner with no success. I can smell gasoline so I know it is getting fuel but it will not ignite, start

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  • kpsewalt Mar 23, 2011

    I pulled the sparkplug and put the wire back on and grounded it on the engine and turned it over and saw no spark. Plug does not appear to be fouled. What is your next suggestion?



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Have you tried taking a spark plug out and checking for fire? Most likely your ignition coil has gone bad. If it is getting spark you may have a bad crank position sensor screwing up your timing. Check the igniotion first and let me know.

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    Dcramer531 Mar 23, 2011

    First take your voltage tester and see if you have 12 volts with the ignition on at the coil(white wire). If not then chase the problem back to where you have 12 Volts and fix it. If you have 12 vlt at the coil then you either have a bad pickup or ignition module.


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No spark-

is plug good,

is plug wire good and connected good.

Are you getting voltage to one side of the coil with the switch on the run position.

will the coil make a spark when you pull the coil wire out and hold it close to the coil and turn engine over.

If no spark at coil the magneto may be bad unless there is there is some solid state controls in-between.

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