intermittant power loss


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Bartmead
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intermittant power loss

Post by Bartmead » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:15 pm



I was riding home from work today 70+-mph and the engine started to lose power. I could hold speed but it sounded and felt like a lost one or more cylinders. Then all of a sudden it smoothed out and I took off again like nothing happened. This happened 3 times before I got home(about 35miles). Sounds electrical right? Any Ideas where to start?



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Re: intermittant power loss

Post by Fred Camper » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:42 pm

Is it points or electronic ignition. I had issues getting good clean power to my 1984 Dyna III and getting off the blinker power feed and to a solid 12V source (a relay) helped but in the end one of the pickup coils was failing and a new Dyna S was needed. But now she is solid again. I would sometimes have an issue where she would start on 4 cylinders, immediately drop to two (need to coax out an idle with full choke) then about 8-12 miles out finely hit on all 4 for the remaining trip. Confirmed as electronic parts too old.

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Re: intermittant power loss

Post by dingdong » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:51 am

Also, check the main ground cable where it bolts to the frame.
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Re: intermittant power loss

Post by scotterichmond » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:33 am

my first thought was fuel filter plugging up.
It is easy to check

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Re: intermittant power loss

Post by Bartmead » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:56 am

My bike is a points ignition. I'm not sure if this was the only issue but it seemed to be. I was going to check my grounds and found that the positive battery terminal was loose. I checked the grounds and they were tight. It hasn't messed up since so that must have been it. Thanks for the input.



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