Softtail FL engine dies while riding

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by HDJohn, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. HDJohn

    HDJohn New Member

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    I have a 03 fat boy, while riding and only once in a while the engine will die, also noted the electrical dies as well, I turn the key off, wait 2 seconds or so turn the key back on and the engine start and I off and running again. I also have a friend with an 06 heritage that does the exact same thing.
    Has anyone seen this problem before and know the fix???
    I have had my bike in the shop several times and they can not find anything wrong.
     
  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I would start with the easy stuff first. Make sure that your battery cables are clean and tight (both ends). Check all of the harness connectors, take them apart and check the pins for fretting. Check to see if any wires have the insulation worn through. Also I'm sure it has been checked, but is it showing any codes?
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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  4. doctor727

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    Just my .02, sounds like you may have an ignition switch problem. Next time it quits, wiggle the switch and see if the electrics come back. You might get lucky and find it quick.
     
  5. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    The main breaker may also a place to look. Relatively cheap to replace.
     
  6. scarylarry88

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    have a 2003 softail , it happened to me. i replaced ignition switch, good to go.
     
  7. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    The previous posts are solid advice. Has switch covers been changed to chrome??????? Possibly a pinched wire in switch housing while riding and vibration is acting like a kill switch........
     
  8. Hoople

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    Appears to have been made in both carb & FI. Which one do you have.