Not sure what is wrong with my 1999 Softail Custom

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by shoopy, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. shoopy

    shoopy New Member

    So my bike sat in a cold garage all winter, and when i parked it I knew I would need a new battery.

    At the beggining of this spring i tried starting it and the starter made a whining noise, I replaced the plugs and bought a high performance battery (370 cold crank amps) which allowed the bike to start and minimized the whining noise.

    I am wondering if this whining noise is due to the starter clutch? Or possibly something I am unaware of.

    Also after the bike is started, it tends to die after idling after a few minutes. I am thinking this is because the bike needs to be re-jetted (as I put vance and Hines Short Shots on it at the end of last season without re-jetting).

    Any advice would be helpful as I am not mechanically inclined!


  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    When the bike dies after idling for a wee while have you pushed in the choke or is it still out
    you may need to half choke it after a wee while however depending on the weather and moisture content in the air the carb could ice up and be killing the engine

  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Sounds like a bad starter drive and maybe bad gas from sitting
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    Need more info like what has been done to the carb already and jetting.
  5. shoopy

    shoopy New Member

    I have done nothing with my carb, it is stock. So i know it needs re-jetted, could that be a possible cause for it dying? My uncle said the jet may be falling out of it (same thing happened to his 1999 Custom softail).

    And thanks for the advice!