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  • Intermittent Starting Problem Resolved

    Thought I'd pass along something I've been dealing with.

    After I got the Ultra last August, I began experiencing intermittent starting problems. Every now and then, after I'd turn the ignition on, the fuel rail would pressurize (or whatever that sound is), and when I'd hit the starter all I'd get is a nice "CLICK!"

    Hmm...

    Took 'er in for the 1000 mile service and told the dealer about it.

    Came back all clear.

    And so it continued, and it got worse.

    One day I was out and about and I stopped back in the dealer. After talking to the service writer-upper-dude I pulled the bike into the service area and, miracle of miracles, it did it in front of the service writer-upper-dude! That NEVER happens, right?

    Diagnosis: starter cable was loose.

    OK, they wheeled it back and tightened 'er up.

    Life was good. For a while. Then it started happening again.

    We're heading out for a long ride in a few days (keep an eye open over in the Ride Reports!) so last week I took it back in. They came back with a new diagnosis - the terminal on the starter cable was broken inside the wire sheathing.

    Dang.

    They soldered on a new terminal (told me that if'n they were to replace the cable, it would have been a 2-week wait! WTF?!?!) and, so far, so good.

    Just thought I'd pass on what I've experienced.

    Ride safe,
    BG
    Official HERD Member #00143

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    That's good to know and glad they fixed you up quickly without you having to wait the "WTF" 2-weeks! Thumbs-Up!
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    2010 FLHX - Street Glide
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    • #3
      Glad you got it taken care of. 2 WEEKS? That cable made to order and out of Gold? lol
      Jeff
      09 FLHRCI
      Herd Member #00045

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      • #4
        diagnosis - the terminal on the starter cable was broken inside the wire sheathing.

        Golly Gee, that sounds just like a problem I had on the Beast! Grd cable burned through an inche from the end and couldn't see it, insulation looked perfect! Glad ya got it fixed!
        OLD SKOOL BIKERS RULE, WE DO WHAT IT TAKES AND LIKE IT!!!
        With age comes wisdom, yeah right!
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        RIP Rick.....Ride On Forever In Our Hearts My Brother!

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        • #5
          Those hidden ailments can cause nightmares for troubleshooting. Fortunately experience was the final fix. Glad to read you are back on track..
          Chris (Steveston)
          Herd # 93
          Retired Navy Vet

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jirvin View Post
            Glad you got it taken care of. 2 WEEKS? That cable made to order and out of Gold? lol
            My thoughts exactly! The service writer-upper-dude mentioned that that cable isn't an item that they stock at the dealership, so they woulda had to get on the phone with the MoCo blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda.

            Personally, if it would have come to that, I woulda insisted that they pull that cable from another bike and on floor and get the replacement for THAT bike. Luckily, they did me right, though.
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            • #7
              glad to know what to look for in a simmilar situation
              Ride in Peace Wndchsr


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