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Recently had starting problems on my 1999 Dyna Wide Glide. Background: first time owner, started poorly when I bought it, but fine after I rode it daily. Took a break for about 10 days and started terribly. Made it to a stop sign and died after riding off. Will not start since. Will kick over once or twice before not firing at all. Replaced the spark plugs and battery. Tore off the air filter and inspected the carb. Needle emits fuel when throttle is rolled so I don't believe that is the problem. Tested the ignition coil and spark plug wires Sat. Not sure if I tested the voltage regulator correctly but the alternator stator tested Sat. Oh, and for the obvious stuff, my kill switch is in start, the choke applied and the fuel valve is in On. Any help is much appreciated for the new rider from California. Merry Xmas and happy holidays all!
 

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Make sure your battery connections are good and tight. Want to know how you tested what you did without bike running.
 

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Gasoline in the tank?
Take the float bowl off, look for crap in the bowl, and make sure the float valve is not stuck.
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Welcome from Kansas
 

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The battery connections are snug, tested the charged voltage and the loaded (while cranking) voltage on the old battery and it looked too low so I replaced it. Had it on charge before I started with the old and it lost charge real quick after cranking. The ignition coil reading was real low with the secondary (plug wires included) being close to 10K ohm each.
 

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Gasoline in the tank?
Take the float bowl off, look for crap in the bowl, and make sure the float valve is not stuck.
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Welcome from Kansas
Took the connection off the fuel valve earlier and got a steady stream so no clog there. Did test the fuel anymore beside watching the carb needle emit a good spray.
 

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Hmmmm?

That's gonna be the best I can do. Sorry
 

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welcome... I had two issues with my 99 Wide Glide although the symptoms are not quit the same. The first issue was the bank or lean sensor, it is a mercury switch and in my case when it got warm it would fail and act like the bike was tipped over kill the motor. Second was the fuel filter in the tank it would act like it was out of gas needed to be on reserve to get enough fuel under power at idle it was fine.
 

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Have new battery load tested. Just cause it's new, doesn't mean it's good.
 

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I would check the battery negative cable where it bolts to the starter case, the rear starter attaching bolt.
The battery should measure static 12.8v fully charged and approx. 13.5 - 14v with the engine running.
Any codes showing up ? The procedure is a sticky in the electrical section.
 

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welcome... I had two issues with my 99 Wide Glide although the symptoms are not quit the same. The first issue was the bank or lean sensor, it is a mercury switch and in my case when it got warm it would fail and act like the bike was tipped over kill the motor. Second was the fuel filter in the tank it would act like it was out of gas needed to be on reserve to get enough fuel under power at idle it was fine.
When I tried it on Reserve, it seemed to run longer than normal. I think it may be a clogged filter or maybe even though it seemed like it was coming fine out of the carb needle, it really wasn't. Thanks for the help everyone.
 

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Sounds kinda like a loose vacuum line that runs under the tank from the fuel petcock to the back of the carburetor . Hard as heck to see or get to without raising the tank .
Just a thought .
 

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Welcome to the forum from Virginia. Plenty of good folks and good information here.
 

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Sounds kinda like a loose vacuum line that runs under the tank from the fuel petcock to the back of the carburetor . Hard as heck to see or get to without raising the tank .
Just a thought .
I removed the petcock and vacuum line yesterday. Had a lot of buildup on the screen and more when I flushedbthe tank a little but when I put it back together, still same symptoms. I am pretty sure I put the hose clamps back on real snug. At least I have a clean tank and petcock now haha!
 

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I removed the petcock and vacuum line yesterday. Had a lot of buildup on the screen and more when I flushedbthe tank a little but when I put it back together, still same symptoms. I am pretty sure I put the hose clamps back on real snug. At least I have a clean tank and petcock now haha!
Replace the vacuum line. Also check the fuel line for an internal collapse . Older lines will do that from time to time. As cheap as fuel and vacuum lines are , I'd replace all of the rubber goods .
 
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