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1988 springer softtail

My ignition will not start. I push the start button and all I hear is ONE click and nothing else. If I jump the across the coil with a screwdriver or push the bike I can start it. How do I fix this problem?

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  • ravenclaw65 Oct 30, 2008

    thank you Yes I could use the help in wiring and locating the relay

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I don't know if you got this problem fixed but sounds like you just need to replace the starter relay. The wire is not too thin, it is from the factory. The starter relay is normaly just behind the starter on the left side of the bike.

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Sounds like you have a voltage drop (that is a loss of power between the start button and the starter solenoid) the wiring on that circuit may be too thin. to remedy this problem you need to put a relay in the circuit. let me know if you want to know the details of how to wire the relay up.

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