After a ride I can't restart it?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Coyote25etoyotC, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Coyote25etoyotC

    Coyote25etoyotC New Member

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    Hello everyone -

    I go for a ride and turn off the engine and I can't get it to restart. The engine just turns over and nothing. Any ideas of what part of the charging system it could be, and how can I find the problem?

    Thanks for your time,
    Coyote
     
  2. Rubyred

    Rubyred Senior Member

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    Did your bike throw any codes? Does it turn over slowly? After it cools down will it start? Give us all the info you can, Thanks.

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  3. Hoople

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    So what do you finally have to do in order to get it started. Wait till the engine cools? Push start it? Jumper it using another battery? Use starter fluid?

    If carb engine, there may be no built in diagnostics on a 2001 Sportster. Carry a spare spark plug (with a gap at .050") with you and the next time the bike wont start, check for visual spark using your spare plug. Assuming it is not a model 1200S (2 plugs per cylinder), manually checking the engine for spark will tell you alot about the root problem you have.

    What's the mileage on bike. Once running, are there any performance issues with the bike.
    A little info will quickly help narrow down the problem from 12 possibilities to 2.
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    http://www.hdtalking.com/archive/t-47714.html Not sure you have a charging problem, follow Hooples advice in post #4 and report back with more info, Good Luck
     
  5. Coyote25etoyotC

    Coyote25etoyotC New Member

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    I don't have a computer diagnotic tool that would identify a code thrown, nor have I had it checked professionally - The engine will turn over normally... not slowly. Now after the bike cools completely it will start no problem. It is running good while it is running, except the last time I rode it it turned off while riding and I wasn't able to start it until the bike was entirely cool.
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  6. Coyote25etoyotC

    Coyote25etoyotC New Member

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    The bike is a 2001 1200 Custom - I will check the spark manually with the third plug and let you know - mileage on the bike is 26,000 - once running there is no performace issues on the bike - however the last time I rode it the bike turned off while I was riding it and wouldn't start until completely cooled -

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  7. Jack Klarich

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    This could be an ignition module problem
     
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    As Jack has said ignition module breaking down when hot if you carry some canned air with you next time it fails to start open the ignition module cover and spray the ignition module with the air as the air comes out cold it will cool the ignition module if the bike then starts you have confirmed the faulty part

    Brian
     
  9. Hoople

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    I agree with both Jack and Brian.
    According to the schematics, the 2001 1200 (non S model) shows the ignition module and cam trigger unit as 1 complete assembly.
    It's very remote, but the only other item it could be is the bank angle sensor but that would be a 1 in 50 chance.

    My money is on the "integral timing plate/ ignition control module" having a thermal issue. I am sure you won't have spark if you were to test it. Chill spray would just about prove it.