Ultra Starting Issues

Question for Fix My Hog 2007 Harley Ultra classic. It seems to have a good strong battery and I hear the starter clicking, but nothing happens. No motor turn, no nothing, just tick……tick……tick……tick and it’s not fast like in a car where it’s tick tick tick tick. I’m not sure what it should sound like and where to look next. I’ve been studying the charging system, but basic theory/knowledge is a lot different when it comes to a big bike like the FLHTCU. Plus, I can’t seem to find or see the spot where to run the 10 gauge wire directly into the starter from the battery. Also, I don’t know if it’s possible, but would it be possible to do a video troubleshooting or testing a starter system from every piece in the path and how to test voltage and drop / what to look for on each piece? There is one video Bob did on the charging system that was really good, but the end result was limited to getting it started if you’re stranded, which was great, I just need to go a little further.

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Fix My Hog Answers Other than the possibility of having a bad starter; ticking is typically an indication of a lack of voltage/amperage. Make sure you are using a known, good, quality battery. The battery should be removed and load tested. It is not out of the question to have, even, a new Harley or Yuasa battery that is broken inside. Check the condition of your battery cables. Both ends of each cable. Make sure that they are clean & tight. Check for trouble codes and Thoroughly test the charging system when the m/c is finally started again.

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