04 Fatboy Starter Prob

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by Chubby04Fatboy, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Chubby04Fatboy

    Chubby04Fatboy Member

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    My starter engages but will not start the bike. What I mean is I push the start button and can hear it click but it does not turn. It seems to have a dead spot in it. After I push start it, it starts a few times then does the same thing.... HELP

    Any thoughts??
    Oh My HEAD HURTS
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  2. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Like Glider usually says, check your battery connections to make sure they are clean and tight. When you push the start button, it hammers the battery for current, so your connections have to be good. Then check your connections to the starter and the negative ground. After that, check your other grounds. More than these easy ones, check here:

    Starter Trouble Shooting - Harley Davidson Community
     
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  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    A-OK TQ:s

    The battery terminal connections are the biggest single source of problems especially on the newer bikes. Clean and tight is the only way to go here.
     
  4. Chubby04Fatboy

    Chubby04Fatboy Member

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    Thanks guys I will try that. I will let you know how it goes!!!
     
  5. rblkln

    rblkln New Member

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    I had the same problem on my Fatboy. your starter clutch crapped out. The part goes for about 120 at the dealer but I found a bike shop by my house that had one for 70 bucks. In order to replace it you must remove the primary cover and the shaft and sprocket that connect the starter to the fly wheel. then remove the starter from the right side of the bike.
     
  6. Chubby04Fatboy

    Chubby04Fatboy Member

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    So does that mean I have to remove the oil tank also ? Please say no LOL
     
  7. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    To get the starter out, you have to remove the tank.
     
  8. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    It's not a 4 year old battery is it? if it is I would at least get it tested and maybe replace it before you start pulling your starter out.
     
  9. rblkln

    rblkln New Member

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    yep! oil tank and attached metal hoses that connect to the engine too! I removed the pipes too. there is a plastic cover on the inside of the rear wheel that you have to remove to get to the oil tank bolts. Im guessing you check that your batt is good. and from your description, sounds like the exact same thing I was going thru.

    If you are gonna do this yourself let me know and Ill try to post up all the steps or an idea of what I did.
     
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