20 Most Recent 2001 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger Questions & Answers


Hi, Anonymous and the usual suspects are:
1. Severely discharged or a damaged battery should have 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage the battery is faulty and must be replaced, AGM batteries fail in this scenario more so than lead-acid batteries.
2. Failed alternator/generator and or voltage regulator.
3. Loose or corroded battery terminals and or cables especially the "NEGATIVE" cable, look for loose, corroded, or broken connectors inside the cable harness at "BOTH" ends.
4. Failed main circuit breaker or ignition switch, check for loose connections and continuity.
5. Failed system and or ignition relay, check for continuity.
6. Failed ignition coil, stator, magneto, ignition/electronic module.
7. Failed CKP, CPS, CMP, MAP, TPS, or BAS sensor, corroded, loose or broken wire connector pins/sockets.
8. Throttle cables and or idle speed improperly adjusted hot idle speed should be 950 RPM to 1000 RPM.
9. Faulty neutral, side stand or clutch lever safety switch.
10. Air/fuel mixture screw improperly adjusted.
11. Accelerator pump damaged or not working.
12. Water or dirt in the fuel system, carburetor or filter.
13. Restricted, blocked or kinked fuel line.
14. Fuel tank empty.
15. The gas cap is not venting properly or fuel tank venting system blocked.
16. A failed fuel pump, pressure regulator and or fuel injectors.
17. Vacuum line from intake manifold to petcock broken, cracked, or not attached, carburetor vent line plugged.
18. Needle and seat stuck closed in the float bowl.
19. Lean angle switch is faulty or needs adjustment.
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2001 Harley... | Answered on Sep 25, 2017


Hi, Johnathan and the usual suspects are:
1. Fuel tank empty.
2. The fuel tank has old dead gas.
3. Fuel tank bottom contaminated with ethanol sludge, dirt, water, rust, etc.
4. Fuel supply valve/petcock turned off.
5. Fouled spark plugs.
6. Engine flooded as a result of overuse of the enrichner.
7. Vacuum hose to the fuel supply valve/petcock disconnected, broken, cracked, or pinched.
8. Fuel valve/petcock or filter clogged.
9. Fuel line to carburetor or throttle body pinched, kinked or blocked.
10. Carburetor float stuck.
11. Fuel injectors clogged.
12. Fuel injectors stuck open.
13. A severely discharged or damaged battery, you need 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a load test if necessary.
14. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary.
15. Loose or corroded wire connection at the coil or plug between ignition sensor and ECM module.
16. Spark plug cables in bad condition and shorting check for spark leakage in the dark, cable connections loose, or connected to the wrong cylinders.
17. Ignition timing incorrect due to a faulty ignition coil, ignition module or MAP, CMP, CKP, O2, TPS, ETP, IAC sensors.
18. Faulty neutral, clutch lever, or kickstand safety switch.
19. Faulty fuel pump or fuse or relay.
20. A stuck bent or burnt valve.
21. Tilt sensor needs a reset.
22. Security system not disarming alarm needs a reset.
23. Check for engine trouble codes.
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2001 Harley... | Answered on Apr 24, 2017


Hi Thomas, if you have a carburator the usual suspects are:
1. Damaged or restricted fuel tank venting system (gas cap).
2. Inlet system air leak.
3. Vacuum piston malfunction.
4. Accelerator pump leaking or no output.
5. Plugged bowl vent.
6. Fuel level (float chamber) too low.
7. Restriccted fuel supply passages.
8. Plugged jets or passages.
9. Worn or damaged needle or needle jet.
10. Enrichner valve not seated or leaking.
Please visit the website below for a prime suspect:
Harley Davidson Sportster error codes and how to access them
Yamaha used to make the best carb dip. Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on Apr 19, 2016


Hi Dave, find your smallest deep wall socket with a long extension coupled to it and slide it over the long end of your allen wrench and use that as leverage to loosen the sensor bolt. For more information about your turn signal please contact me at xlch@mail.com. Good luck and have nice day.

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2001 Harley... | Answered on Aug 26, 2015


Hi Anonymous, always check fuses and bulbs first, you could have a faulty turn signal module or a bad turn signal button/switch, remove it from the switch housing and check for continuity, check your wiring and connections from the turn signal switch to the turn signal module with a testlite. Make sure all wires are not worn or pinched and connector pins are not corroded, broken, or loose. For a free wiring diagram please visit the website below:
Harley Davidson Wiring Diagrams and Schematics

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 31, 2015


Hi Anonymous, for more information on your question please visit the websites below and good luck:
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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 30, 2015


Hi Anonymous, please visit the webside below and good luck:
HOW TO OPEN HARLEY DAVIDSON SPEEDOMETER DIAL FACE CHANGE

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 15, 2015


Hi Anonymous, on top of engine case behind rear cylinder left side.
Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 11, 2015


Hi Anonymous, please visit website below:
How To Replace The Speed Sensor In Harley Sportster
Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 11, 2015


Hi Nicholereneh. If they are just above the intake manifold they plugged into the air cleaner backing plate on California models. Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 11, 2015


Hi Kenneth, Harley Davidson Sportster error codes and how to access them Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 11, 2015


Hi Anonymous, your going to need resistors. Check with your local parts department. Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 11, 2015


Hi Anonymous, check your wiring and pin connections at the turn signal module. For a free wiring diagram please to visit websites below:
Harley Davidson Wiring Diagrams and Schematics
Harley Davidson Sportster error codes and how to access them
Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on May 06, 2015


Hi Scott, well if you changed out the housing and these lites failed you probably pinched a wire it's easy to do. Split housing halves and let hang. Check your 15A light and insrument fuses they are probaly fried. Turn on your ignition and with a test lite make sure you have power at orange wire in the switch housing. Inspect wiring for damage and reair as necessary. Good luck

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2001 Harley... | Answered on Apr 10, 2015


Check for the speed sensor above the gear box Remove the allen screw on the speed sensor and clean the speed sensor with a rag, as there surely filing on it... Hope this help.

2001 Harley... | Answered on Oct 18, 2014


if your sitting on the bike they are under your left leg

2001 Harley... | Answered on Sep 12, 2014


Did you properly adjust the clutch AND the clutch cable after you put in the new cable??? Is the whine only when you pull in the clutch lever and if so when does it start, first portion of lever movement or middle or when the lever is all the way to the handlebar grip??? NO noise when clutch is fully released????

Did you get the balls back into the ramp assembly correctly and install them with multi purpose grease to hold them in position while assembling. Also check that the rest of the parts were assembled correctly.

As a last point confirm that the new caqble assembly is the correct part.

2001 Harley... | Answered on Aug 29, 2014


Most importantly you must connect it correctly to the positive and negative terminal!!

First find where the battery is on your bike you shouldn't need to remove it from the bike - once you have located the battery have a close look at the wires going to it.

RED - positive

BLACK - negative


You must make sure you connect the red "positive" to the positive terminal and visa versa for the negative .


connect the battery charger clamps to the terminals and then turn on the power to the charger after its all connected.

hope this helps

2001 Harley... | Answered on Jun 03, 2014


From your description, it sounds like the new bulbs (that won't flash) are LED bulbs.
When you replace the stock Harley incandescent bulbs with LEDs, you NEED to add a LOAD EQUALIZER to make the bulbs flash:

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/381-877

The amp draw is different with LEDs, and they won't flash without the equalizer.

2001 Harley... | Answered on May 06, 2014

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