need help troubleshooting

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by akatrooper, May 30, 2011.

  1. akatrooper

    akatrooper Member

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    hello all,
    newbie here and this is my first oil and primary change out and only got as far as oil change. I did eveything by the book and this is the problem i have right now. i have a 07 XL 1200L EFI sportster. the problem started after i did an oil change.i fired the bike up twice afterwards and it ran fine oil light went off, everything was good. I let the bike sit while i got ready to change the primary fluid and went back out to fire it up to warm it up again, and it would not start. it turn over twice and then clicked about 3 times and that was it. i now have no power at all to the bike no lights or nothing. I thought I might have left the key on while getting ready for the primary change. So I put the battery tender on it last night, charging overnight, this morning - still dead. The only thing that lights up is the accessory lights, when I turn the key to start, everything goes dead. Before all this happened, bike ran fine. I ride it everyday to work, no signs of problems. I did switch the seat out to 2 up yesterday before I started the maintenance. I drove it for about 40 miles, no problems. Started fine, ran fine....I'm just baffled how could this happen after a oil change?

    any ideas?

    thks
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Changing the oil probably didn't cause the problem. Changing the seat may have. Pull the seat and carefully check for pinched or broken wires around the battery or loose connections at the battery. Check for operation of starter, etc. when the seat is off. Wiggle everything you see.
     
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  3. glider

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    Remove and clean both battery terminals and cable ends. Neg off first and on last.

    You have a poor connection on the battery.
     
  4. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Also, check your battery charge (should be ~12.6V w/meter)...if it's the original one - might be ready for change.
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    I believe you mean NON conductive grease.:s
     
  6. akatrooper

    akatrooper Member

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    Ended up being poor battery connection, but (EDIT) what a coincedence! Checked the fuses, they looked good. But it looks like each prong had some corrison on them. Is there anything I can do to keep it from corroding again?


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  7. akatrooper

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    Sorry DynaMight, didn't see your post. I guess I need to get some Di-Electric grease. Where do I get that from? Do I put this on the fuse prongs and reinsert into the terminals? Or do I just put in on the terminal? Which is the best way to do it?

    Thanks!
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Napa Silglyde part number 765-1351:s
     
  9. Shifter

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  10. akatrooper

    akatrooper Member

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    looks like everything is back to running good! man I got alot to learn.:bigsmiley21:
    thks for everyones help, and thks for the part# Jack.