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1991 harley fxstc starter was just clicking once and found ground on battery loose. also the post on the battery melted a little. now the starter will make a ratcheting sound but wont start the bike

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You probably have a bad battery. The tell tale is the melted post. The starter is basically a DC motor. In this case,it is designed to run on 12 volts. If your battery has a shorted cell in it making the voltage drop to 10 volts, the starter motor still tries to turn the engine by drawing more current. It draws an extreme amount of current that overheats the battery cable and the battery post. Take your battery out and take somewhere that can "load test" the battery. Connect a volt meter across the battery and push the start button and see what the voltage does. If it falls below 10 volts, the battery is kaput.

Good Luck

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