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Good day and welcome to Just Answer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to help you with your problem today. Do you have a multi meter?
No, sorry i dont
We will need one to determine your issue & test any components for failure, is there anyway that you could borrow or get one?
Yes i could probably get my hands on one
Am i write in thinking the starter and solenoid are joined together
That would help considerably. Otherwise you play guessing games & maybe buy un-necessary parts.
Yes on your 94 the solenoid is on the starter.
It has been suggested that I bridge the terminals on the solenoid and if all is well the engine should turn over and probably start
The likely issue is the battery itself. Although it has voltage, the plates & electrolyte/electrolytic gel have lost their ability to create the needed amperage to push that voltage. We need the meter to do a load test.
I do not recommend jumping the solenoid.
it can be a diagnostic a few steps from now if needed..
I see so the solenoid could be ok but the problem lie with the battery so I need to test what amps the battery has?
No, you check battery voltage with the start button depressed. If the voltage drops below 9.5 vdc, the battery is junk. If the voltage stays at 12, the start button, or more likely the starter relay is junk, that also holds true with a "click" & is the next diagnostic, a new starter relay. If the voltage drops but stays above 10-11 vdc, & there is a "click" check the battery cables & again, the starter relay. After that you go after the starter/solenoid/jackshaft.. but it all starts at the battery...
Thanks Brian that sounds good, can I get back to you later in the week? Garrick
just reply to the links in the emails that you get about this, or bookmark this page.. thanks Garrick
I have removed the starter relay. I there a way of checking it? as under the plastic cover it looks in tact, in fact it looks like new. With regard to the battery cables they are brand new, just had them made slightly longer than the originals to make them easier to fit.
I anticipated that and have ordered a new one, will get back to you when it has arrived and I have fitted it if that is ok?
I have just checked out your location, what time is it and what is the weather like in Florida?
I am in the UK and $6 buys you nothing when it comes to Harley parts
What is the best way to check the ground issue. Do I try and move the existing ground cable or can I bypass it with another cable from the frame back to the battery?
On starting to remove the starter motor i discovered a second connection under the main positive connection had come off. What does this smaller cable connect to and could it cause the problem described?