Engine wont start after washing the bike


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Ravyn
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Engine wont start after washing the bike

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Before I start tearing into this I wonder if anyone has had this happen.
I have a 1994 FL 1500 with only 67,000 miles on it. I am the third owner. Ever since I bought it after washing it , it will not start until it dries out.
I sometimes can get it to start after grinding on it for a long time but then it just dies.... over and over again until it gets warm enough to dry something out. Then it runs fine. Something is getting wet and causing it to not start.
So I am just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and could shed some light before I start looking for it.
Thanks for any help.....


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Re: Engine wont start after washing the bike

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I know someone with a 1500 Wing that has the same issue. Says when he gets water spray on the plug wires he has to wait until they dry out.
Try slipping some split wire wraps around each plug wire, split side down if possible.

I have GREAT luck with silicone baking sheets, comes in colors. I used purple so I can see it with a flashlight if it moved.
Happens again, cover the spark plug caps with a long strip of that silicone.
If it STILL happens you'll need to cover the coils with it.
Do it in steps like I wrote so you can pin down just where the issue is. Might just need new plug wires. ;)
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Re: Engine wont start after washing the bike

Post by Charlie1Horse »

Pull the plug wires and see if there's water around the plugs. If so clean out the little drain ports to keep water from shorting the spark to ground.
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