Starter Problem with 06 Fatboy

Question for Fix My HogI have a starter problem with 06 Fatboy. I went on a ride the other weekend when the starter engaged by itself going down the highway. I was able to get to the side of the road and shut the bike off. I turned the ignition switch on and the bike would start without hitting the start button. I took apart the run and start button on the side of the road. There was a little water from me washing the bike the night before. I dried them off and everything is normal again. Do you think water might have been the cause of this and should I change the primary oil because the starter engaged when the bike was running? Ron

Fix My Hog AnswersHi Ron,

Yes, water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Fluids are cheap I would change the primary fluid and inspect the small pinion gear at the end of the starter jackshaft and the large ring gear at the back of the clutch hub for damage and possible missing teeth. Look closely at the fluid you remove for metal pieces or a metallic sheen. I have also had chrome control housings not fit so well and cause this problem when they are exposed to heat and expand.

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2 Responses to “Starter Problem with 06 Fatboy”
  1. Ben Harder
    Ben Harder

    Water is NOT a good conductor of electricity, but more of a poor insulator.