Possible bad Ignition switch relay

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Mavagrand, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    2008 FLHTC with 35k. After church turned the key, lights came on, fuel pump cycled but, when I pressed start, nothing. Turned off the ignition and tried again, this time no lights, no fuel pump, nothing but the neutral light glowing. Press the start and nothing happens. Battery is just slightly over a year old, all connections are tight. I heard a constant clicking from the ignition switch relay so figure I gotta replace that. Would this relay going bad result in no voltage to the starter? I know it provides current to the lights and stuff but what about the starter?
     
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    I would start by load testing the battery even though it is only a year old, just to take that out of the equation. After that I would check both ends of the battery cables. Ground problems can act just like what you have described.
     
  3. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    thanx Steve, I've check them all but the "other end" of the battery ground. Where would I find that on my 08 FLHTC?
     
  4. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    It should be on or near a starter bolt. Sounds like your battery went south or your charging system. Charge your battery good, have it load tested as STEVE07 says. Then see what happens. Watch your Voltage gauge or use a VOM.
    tourbox
     
  5. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    That Constant Clicking was More than Likely Low Battery OR like Steve said also, a loose or bad ground.

    Batteries are a Hit and Miss.

    I have had a stock one back on a 97 EVO that lasted 9 years. I sold that bike to a friend and gave him 50$ off because the battery was going on 4 yrs old..... Yep, it lasted another 5 yrs. and NO:23: he would not return the 50$....

    It was a new style Gel battery (came stock on my new 97) that HD TRIED Out and it worked so GOOD, they never made one again you could buy that I Knew of...

    They're Smart to NOT use that good a Battery...:s Money out of their future Pockets and years to wait to Re-fill the coffers...

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    One sure fire way of checking, turn switch to on position, short across the starter solenoid Does it spin the engine over? The connections behind the rubber boot have been known to get loose and corroded here in Florida:s
     
  7. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Make sure its in neutral when trying this! Otherwise it could quickly turn into a stunt......
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    :p my bad, thanks for the add on I always assume we do things safely:D
     
  9. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Its easy to take the small things for granted! Just trying to save some heartache......:D
     
  10. Mavagrand

    Mavagrand Senior Member

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    You win, Steve. Battery failed when load tested. Stay away from "Bikemaster" batteries, mine was made in China and lasted barely a year.