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Old 05-30-2020, 10:45 AM   #1
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Afternoon, appreciate all help ahead of time. Just started the bike up after sitting for a few weeks. 1980 FXE. With in 10 minutes of the cruise bike dies out after a loud pop. When trying to start back up a pop now and again along with some smoking out of the carb SandS shorty. It will start then when giving it gas it does nothing. When I turn the ignition switch on there is a faint clicking that just goes and goes. Ignition turns on and it’s just a constant clicking. I think it is coming from the relay. Also the head light and running lights flicker in adjacent with the clicking. Going to start digging into and see what is going on. I wired the bike myself when built it a a couple years ago and all has been perfect until now. Anyone 2 cents would be great, thanks.

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Old 05-30-2020, 12:04 PM   #3
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And recharge the battery for a night or somewhat...with the relais you mean the automatic fuses? What kind of ignition ? Mechanical?
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All's I can say is that clicking is what a relay does when it's not getting enough juice to do its job. This probably isn't much help but at least it suggests that the trouble is upstream from the relay.

But yeah, I'd begin my attempts at diagnosis with a fully charged battery. And NB: unless your charger is a fairly new and/or pricey one, it's liable to tell you the charge is complete, i.e., your battery is full up, when it isn't yet. As Dutch more or less says, leave the batt on the charger for at least 24 hours.
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Old 05-30-2020, 04:19 PM   #5
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Check your battery electrolyte level. Breaker is clicking on overload, means likely a short circuit.
Copper color terminal goes to positive side battery.
Dutch Dennoz What you are calling a automatic fuse is called a circuit breaker here.

Take a look at the back side of your voltage regulator see if it's burned.
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Old 05-30-2020, 04:45 PM   #6
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Check your battery electrolyte level. Breaker is clicking on overload, means likely a short circuit.
Copper color terminal goes to positive side battery.
Dutch Dennoz What you are calling a automatic fuse is called a circuit breaker here.

Take a look at the back side of your voltage regulator see if it's burned.
Noted joe, thanks
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I thought "relay" in this case could only refer to a starter relay. Guh-huh!
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So after a quick look over, I recognized it was the turn signal flasher clicking. Unplugged it and the symptoms went away. It was also heating up when the flasher was plugged in. So I then looked for something grounding out. Checked into the handle bar controls and sure enough the turn signal wires broke off and were grounding out. Taped them off for now and will re install them once I get a better product than the cheap replacement controls I had. It must of rattled apart for she is a vibrator for sure. Thanks for all the advice. Sorry the reply took so long, no service in Maryland where I have been.

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