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Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
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Experience:  30+ yrs. experience, MMI, HD technician, HD early, engine rebuild/performance, bike builder, kit bike program manager, CCI 2001-2004
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Harley sometimes will not start after it has been running

Customer Question

Harley sometimes will not start after it has been running for a while and then shut down. Try to start it ...nothing. After 4-5 times it will start.
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: Brought it into dealership, they can't find anything
JA: What is the model/year of your motorcycle?
Customer: 2014 Heritage softtail
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Rode it into dealership. They start it ever time. I believe it might act up after running for a period.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: problem is intermintant. yesterday started ok, today , stopped and had trouble streating it
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 3 months ago.

when the engine won't start, does the starter turn the engine over?

tell me everything you can.


Customer: replied 3 months ago.
when starter does not respond, engine does not turn over. It's as if there is not power, lights come on but nothing kicks over, no sound , almost like no electricty
Expert:  Steve replied 3 months ago.

if it were me I would start by replacing the battery in the security FOB and ensure it is in the presence of the bike when attempting to start.


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