Sportster wont start...please help! - Harley Davidson Forums



Sportster Models 883, 883 Custom, 1200 Custom, 883L, 1200L, 1200S, 1200 Roadster, XR1200, and the Nightster.
Sponsored by: DK Custom Products

Sportster wont start...please help!

Reply
 
 
 
P
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-26-2010, 04:15 PM
aircrewjoe aircrewjoe is offline
New Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Sportster wont start...please help!

Back ground... I have a 99 Sportster 1200C 49000 miles

took it out for a ride and started to hear a loud knocking noise from the from of the engine. after a trip to the garage it was a blown head gasket. a quote of 840.00 forced me to do the work myself. so i used the manual and did it all. no it wont start. I got it started up once..but forgot i drained the tank so it shut down soon after it started. i put gas in and tried to start it it turned over but wouldnt go. now the starter just clicks loudy. i cleaned the carb and checked the fuel flow and that all looks good. any help would be great.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-26-2010, 04:29 PM
aircrewjoe aircrewjoe is offline
New Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

yep even cleaned them up and still no luck. thnx
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-26-2010, 11:31 PM
SportyPig's Avatar
SportyPig SportyPig is offline
Ultimate HDF Member
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 6,478
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default

Is the clicking coming from the starter?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-27-2010, 12:11 AM
eazyrider's Avatar
eazyrider eazyrider is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Cowtown, USA
Posts: 812
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Default

I'd say it's a bad battery. Try that first.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-27-2010, 12:16 AM
JayStronghawk's Avatar
JayStronghawk JayStronghawk is offline
Ultimate HDF Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Lake City, Florida (Native)
Posts: 8,280
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Default

Battery First, ensure have good voltage and connections.. Starter Relay next..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-27-2010, 01:18 AM
mk2wilson's Avatar
mk2wilson mk2wilson is offline
New Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Stevensville, MI
Posts: 80
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Check all your conections. Then have your battery load tested. Odds are it is something simple that you will kick yourself over later.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-03-2010, 12:05 PM
aircrewjoe aircrewjoe is offline
New Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Well Well Well new battery it was... too bad the knock is still their thankyou guys for the tips it helped alot.

if anyone might know were to start on this knocking situation that would be awesome.. as of now all the gaskets in the top end have been replaced. Started it back up and had some white smoke from the heads. is that just burn of from cleaning them?

let it run and niticed the knock from the engine was still present. their was a blown head gasket in the front head could that have messed something else up?

Last edited by aircrewjoe; 03-03-2010 at 12:08 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-04-2010, 07:30 PM
Gpsjr10's Avatar
Gpsjr10 Gpsjr10 is offline
Outstanding HDF Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Elyria, OH
Posts: 2,536
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

I would have to say, something blew the first head gasket... if that wasn't found and resolved, you will be doing the job over and over again or until you destroy the engine all together. Is it an actual knocking sound or is it a sewing machine sound? Knocking sound could be many things.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-04-2010, 08:29 PM
woodworking1's Avatar
woodworking1 woodworking1 is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 765
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I agree with Gpsjr. Gotta figure out why the first gasket blew and remedy that first.
Check the inside of your rocker cover for dings. When I did my gaskets on the front cylinder, the rocker arm was hitting the top of the rocker cover after I put it all back together.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-07-2010, 11:18 PM
aircrewjoe aircrewjoe is offline
New Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

the knock sounds like its coming from the front cylinder that had the blown gasket. it gets faster with rpm...also i am getting a little bit of white somke off the engine still...could that be the new gaskets and cleaner burning off..
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
P
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stumpedů. Please Help!!! krlancaster Sportster Models 16 12-10-2015 08:21 PM
Stumped.. Please Help!! krlancaster General Harley Davidson Chat 13 12-10-2015 02:52 PM
1973 sportster headlight help iron0816 Electrical/Lighting/Alarm 1 11-28-2015 12:50 PM
09 sportster 883 clicking won't start Sembethc Sportster Models 12 11-16-2015 03:41 PM
Sportster won't start and sometimes it will Visualsoul21 Sportster Models 6 06-04-2012 05:02 PM


Tags
2007, carb, clicking, clicks, davidson, do, gas, harley, security, sportster, start, starter, system, turning, wont

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:01 PM.