Kill/Run switch acting as starter

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by stevieg, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. stevieg

    stevieg Member

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    Hi Gang
    Ive had numbe rof checks caried out and relays are fine, regulator fine, switch gear fine, however when I switch the kill switch to run it fires the bike up with out me even touching th estart button...any clues :(



    Ride shiney side up
     
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I'm sure Hoople will give you all the things to check, but for right now I think I would be looking at the starter switch being defective. It just sounds like the the starter button is stuck in the closed or start position.
     
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Got to agree with HDDon - stuck starter switch or a short in there.

    Have you done any recent maintenance or mods in the switch/grip area?
     
  4. Hoople

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    HDDon has you covered.. That's what it sure sounds like to me!:)
     
  5. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Hopefully you have a service manual with a decent schematic to locate the engine kill switch and wiring color code (this is where the Clymer color schematic is nice) and how it compares roughly to these simplified schematics as a reference. Simple answer would be the momentary start button/wiring and how it relates to the engine kill/run switch, both normally isolated in function... so tell us how it goes once you get in there. Use "divide and conquer" method by looking at nearest point where the converge and going in the direction your DMM (Digital Multi-meter) takes you. Being as the handle bar wiring can be a "confined space" it may very well be there, but the switches out on the ends may be a better bet, with easier access.

    http://www.hdtalking.com/electrical_and_lighting_systems/3646-wiring_diagrams.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  6. Dr.Evil

    Dr.Evil Junior Member

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    Don't let the engine start and run with the starter still engaged.
     
  7. NYHarley

    NYHarley Active Member

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    Its the starter switch, had it happen to me. Heard the starter kick on while I was at a stop light! Good news is, if you need to ride start it and pull the starter relay under the seat, put it in your pocket and your off. Only thing is you have to put it back in to start again. I used that method as I had to ride, at least until the dealer could fix the switch under warranty.
     
  8. hogrotten

    hogrotten Junior Member

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    Pinched wire or wire rubbed through some where?
     
  9. stevieg

    stevieg Member

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    Hi Guys
    Really apprecite all advice . have just taken delivery of new switches and am going to change them this weekend. will keep you posted
     
  10. blademan

    blademan Active Member

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    Starter solenoid STUCK.