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Starter won't engage

I have 13 volts. I can hear the relays click, but the starter won't engage.

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  • fatboy9457 Dec 04, 2008

    clicking and clacking noise when trying to start. solenoid or starter/maybe both? 94 fatboy


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Better yet...............even if you have the minimun 12.5 volts on the battery, the amps may not be suffiicent to turn the starter and you will hear a clacking noice. the battery probably needs to be replaced.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008

  • rubenhood Sep 28, 2010

    07 road king is on the right track... but if you hear the relay clicking... replace the relay and your problem is solved... the relay is a very common problem they go out all the time... about 14 bucks plus tax... good luck...

    ruben 92 fatboy


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Pull the starter, and see if it's engaging off the scoot. Make sure you have it secure, they can get away from you real quick. If it engages off the bike, then I'm going to say that your armature and brushes are worn, and the starter needs rebuilt or replaced. If it still doesn't engage, then it's most likely a bad ground, and you'll to have start tracing wires.

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You may have a sticking solenoid. While holding the starter button, tap the starter solenoid with a hammer handle or something similar. Solenoid should engage and start engine.

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  • rubenhood Sep 28, 2010

    07 roadking is on the right track... but if the ralay is clicking try replacing the started relay, is most likely your problem... it is a very common part that goes bad... its about 14 bucks plus tax.. replace it and you should be riding again... good luck...

    ruben 02 fatboy


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