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When trying to start my 05 fatboy,clicking noise starts

Will not turn over

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    Mel Jacobson May 11, 2010

    Have u tried jumping the starter ?

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Your batery is low or it needs replaced. the clicking noise is the starter relay but the silinod is not pulling in becase it needs more amps. try charging the batery or i wold just replace it.

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I have a 2005 fatboy and i replaced the battery. when i hit the start button the starter relay clicks and nothing happens. all my lights work and the fuel pump kicks on like normal. it just wont start


Sound like starter is stuck. Try giving it a tap with a rubber mallet, while pressing start button. If this does not work, put bike in gear and push it forward a few feet, then try again to start it. If still nothing try using jumper cables on battery, then start. If no go you have a bad starter.

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All is dead.


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2002 harley fatboy will not start


Let me start by saying I've owned Harleys for twenty years and do all my own work, so don't let the computer expertise on my profile detour you from taking my advice. There are several things that can cause a no start, you'll need to narrow it down to either a fuel problem or a fire problem. Start by checking the spark. Take a plug out, ground it to the head, and crank the engine. If there's is no spark then you need to start tracing it back. Check the coil, ignition module, and voltage regulator connections and wires. Most of the time when you lose fire it's a loose or broken wire/connector, or the coil or ignition module has failed. The regulator can cause a loss of spark, but generally only causes the battery to go dead. Rare, but occasionally the magneto will go out. If you have a good spark, then check for fuel. Turn off the petcock and take the fuel line loose at the carb or injection end, then turn the petcock back on and see if you have fuel getting to the carb/injection system. If not, then you have a faulty petcock, or a plugged screen in the petcock. If you are getting fuel, then, if carbureted, take the carb off, clean it, and check the jets and other internal workings. If this is an injected model, I'm afraid you'll have to take it to a shop that has the diagnostic tools to read and calibrate the injection system. Wow, this is starting to get long winded. Try these and let me know, I have a wealth of knowledge available to me from guys I ride with.

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1991 fatboy


Hi,

Appreciate the vote of confidence but there are a few others who are likewise knowledgeable if not more..

On to your concern, it would seem you have two (2) issue, 1st if wont crank and the second will crank but not start.

No Crank: Due to the massive current required by the starter a component is installed between the starter button and the starter. This component then switches the battery to the starter motor. In cars this is the starting solenoid, in most bikes, this is the starter relay. Normally in the starter relay there would be 2 big terminals for the battery and the starter motor cables with 2 smaller wires for the starter switch and ground. Try this - try pushing the start button with the headlights on, if the headlight dims considerably, then the starting relay is good and the motor is bad; on the other hand if the headlight dims just slightly or not at all, it is the starting relay (the one with the clicking sound).

Most starter motor problems could be:
1. the bearings/bushings at the ends of the armature;
2. carbon brushes;
3. commutator segments (the multiple small copper plates that the brush contacts with).

However, it may be to your advantage to simply replace the motor should it be deemed defective, difficult to secure parts or not economically reasonable to go down component level repair.

Will Crank but not fire: There are 2 major requirement for a gasoline engine to fire, fuel and ignition. No fuel could be verified by removing the air cleaner and pouring a small amount of fuel down the throat, start the bike, if it start and runs (even for just a moment), you have verified the fuel problem. No ignition could be verified by removing one of the plugs, reinsert the high tension wire plug to the sparkplug and place the sparkplug atop any metal part, crank the engine, there should be a spark at the plugs.

Pls post back results whether fuel or ignition and we can go further from there.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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