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2001 harley xlc1200

No spark,while pushing starter button for several revolutions.no spark to plugs. but,when button is released,spark appears for last few revolutions. can anyone help with troubleshooting causes

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  • jamie Feb 12, 2009

    after checking all connections I found a manual at murray"s auto parts for $20.00. I found the resistance specs were out on the ignition coil, I borrowed one from "joe mama" motorcycle mechanic in bensenville shop #630-350-7722. the specs for primary side of coil were 2.5 to3.1 ohms, so the coil was found to be defective. problem solved.

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I know this sounds crazy and the only reason I am giving this as a solution is because it happened to me. Even though the electrical system has enough power to turn the engine, it does not have enough power to turn the engine and power to spark. Correct any poor connections at the battery terminals, etc. Try jump starting the bike. If it works, you know the problem is a weak battery and/or a poor connection.


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