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Experience:  Service and Parts Manager at CastleRock Jackson
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Push the button and hear a relay click but no starter motor

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Push the button and hear a relay click but no starter motor activity. Battery charged and at 12.5 volts. Yesterday it sounded like there was electrical arcing going on but it started.
JA: How many miles are on the car? Has the car been starting normally?
Customer: Motorcycle: Harley Davidson 1999 road glide. 33,000 miles Started good until yesterday, had to jump it to get going.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: looked on line for help.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Relay sounds good. Snapping in with a loud noise.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Tony Peake replied 1 year ago.

Hi my name is ***** ***** you checked all connection from the battery to the relay then to the starter where was the arcing noise coming from . Let me know so I can assist you further.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Battery may be bad. 12 v drops off to 4-5 v when I hit the starter button. Charging it and an external battery to see if that changes things. 5 hour wait.New battery 3 months ago. Used a trickle charger as instructed by people at Batteries Plus and More. Still killed the battery. How do I tell if it is charging when the motor is running?
Expert:  Tony Peake replied 1 year ago.

do you have a multi meter or a volt meter if you do just put the test leads on the battery and with the bike running it should show over 13 volts that will tell you if its charging properly.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK - Will do when I get it started.
Bye for now.
Expert:  Tony Peake replied 1 year ago.

Sounds good.