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Re: 1998 dyna wide glide
Check fuel level and petcock.getting fuel? next check for spark ground spark to cylinder fins and crank motor, no spark check cam postion sensor for voltage while cranking (if fuel injected check crank positoin sensor for voltage) if you get voltage replace coil
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overheating shouldn't be an issue. unless the pistons have been modified for hi-compression and inadequate octane is being used and it's being operated in high temperature region,i don't see an overheating issue. I have ridden these bikes in areas like death valley,las vegas and throughout the southwest and these engine won't heat enough to seize up. with ample fuel and spark during an attempted restart,the only reasonable possibility is your pick-up coil inside the cam cover. this inductive coil is in a heat sensitive area. this coil is mounted on a movable plate that affects timing. ,With adequate amount of fuel and a healthy spark you have all the ingredients of a start and run condition. this points to the direction of proper time and possibly a heat related condition. you may want to look into the pick up coil inside the timing cover. if it's original it has serve you well.While in this area,inspect the three wires attached to the pickup coil.
when it shuts down does it sputter first or is the shut down immediate without warning. sputtering is usually a condition of lack of fuel.any intake leak at the manifold especially at the head will cause "sneezing" out of the carb. Restart can be difficult and intermittent. A weak ignition module especially the adjustable kind can be unpredictable. a lot of the after markets are adjustable.A 1998 scooter tells me you have an Evo and being it's 16yrs old the likelihood of having a stock module is nil. check the plug where the module plugs to the ignition harness as well. Often times,because of it's age,these pins turn green or they either bend or they pull out just enough to break contact. I've also experience cracking of the wire insulation causing temporary short. shutting down the engine and difficult restarts.As with all jobs,check the simplest and obvious and don't start buying parts until you have checked all connections especially at the module where it meets the ignition harness.
Circuit breaker. Mine is under the seat, not sure where the wide glide model is. Does it re set and start after several minutes? if so it will be the breaker, a common issue with Harley nowdays. If it died altogether try unplugging the ecm and the plug it back in and double check all battery connections. can also be the key switch.