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Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
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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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1981 hd fxb starter just clicks when you push button. has

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1981 hd fxb starter just clicks when you push button. has new starter,selinoid,&relay. sometimes it starts, mostly not, just clicks. fought problem for years.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 1 year ago.

have you replaced the push button

Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

it sounds like a low battery.

if the battery is more than a few years old, you could replace it.

you could also get a load test to be sure.

if you measure the battery voltage under the following conditions, I can help determine the battery condition:

- ignition OFF.

- ignition ON.

- with the start button depressed.

also......common issues with that vintage starter drive is binding due to wear of the shafts, bushings and bearings. if you have not refurbished the starter drive, you should consider that.

let me know if you need more help.


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