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I've been riding around in the Wrangler quite a bit in the last week because it was just bought a week ago.

The bikes been in the garage on the trickle charger and I presumed everything was OK.

Today I got the itch to ride and I got all my stuff together and went out to the bike and the security flashers were on. I had the key fob in my pocket so they shouldn't have been.

I called the service department at Harley and they said your battery in your key fob is probably no good, so I went down and bought a new battery and put it in.

The security lights stopped blinking, but now when I push the starter button and turn the center knob to ignition nothing happens. no lights no radio no nothing.

The light on the charger shows green and steady.

I checked all the fuses and they are fine.

The knob that you turn to "ignition" as part of the starting sequence when turned all the way to the left, comes up exposing the spring. I pushed it back down of course.

So I called the service department and they're going to come pick it up tomorrow and figure out what's wrong .

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Wish you well on this probably an easy fix but only if know what to look for ..

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Make sure the battery connections are snug. They can vibrate loose without lock washers, which might not come stock.

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Make sure the battery connections are snug. They can vibrate loose without lock washers, which might not come stock.
What he said.
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Wish you well on this probably an easy fix but only if know what to look for ..
From what he described it's probably a very easy fix.
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Having that ignition switch come up like that, exposing the spring, is normal?

I'm thinking that THERE is a starting point, no?

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Having that ignition switch come up like that, exposing the spring, is normal?

I'm thinking that THERE is a starting point, no?

Good Starting Point May be a defective Switch itself ..

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Having that ignition switch come up like that, exposing the spring, is normal?
Nope, that's not normal.

You can get a new switch for about $30 and install it in about 5 minutes.

I wonder what the dealership is going to charge you for picking up the bike and doing that?
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Nope, that's not normal.

You can get a new switch for about $30 and install it in about 5 minutes.

I wonder what the dealership is going to charge you for picking up the bike and doing that?


Yeah, I can't imagine them doing it for nothing just because they are so nice and all.

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Dare I anticipate that because the purchase of this bike was only a couple of months ago, that there may be some coverages for something like this?

I think I signed on for some extended coverage on it.

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If you got a warranty for it, the switch should be covered. I don't know if it covers towing.

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Dare I anticipate that because the purchase of this bike was only a couple of months ago, that there may be some coverages for something like this?

I think I signed on for some extended coverage on it.
If you got an extended warranty they will have given you a contract. If you read it, it will tell you what's covered.
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I'd call and ask them if it's covered or not ( and how much if not) before you let them pick it up.

Better to know in advance what your getting into.

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When the guy showed up from the dealership, he walked into the garage he took a look at it, he took a tool to the ignition switch in the center of the handlebars, he removed the ignition switch knob itself and he stuck a steel T-shaped tool in the shaft where the ignition switch goes, and he immediately was able to start the bike with no difficulty.

So the problem is isolated to that ignition switch and he said that there's a little knob in there that's missing and a couple other things about the switch condition which I don't recall. Then He loaded the bike up into his trailer and took it to the dealership.

I presume I'll get a call from them when they're done fixing the switch and telling me it's all set.

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Got a call today telling me that the ignition switch in the middle of the handlebars needs to be replaced and they've got to order the parts and is going to be 7 to 10 days.

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Do you have full coverage or the $50 deductible? Sounds like they are milking it. Switches are replaced all the time. Can't imagine not having one. It's not like the thing has gone thru a million revisions. That switch has been around forever. What do they have going so far? Onsight diagnosis then transportation to shop then shop diagnosis then ordering the part and someday installation. Did they ever tell you just how much it's going to cost total for a $185 switch? I'm just guessing on the price of the switch. Everything is at least $100 so something like that ought to bring more.

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That switch is probably about $150 bones from Harley.

Aftermarket ones are cheaper.
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That switch is probably about $150 bones from Harley.

Aftermarket ones are cheaper.

Ouch ..

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Well, I was just taking a guess at the price based on what I've seen in the past. $150 for the part might be the smallest part of the repair.

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Well, that was a pretty good guess.

Hey Soup, you might want to ask for the old switch back. That way you can take a picture of the bottom of it and find out if it was really damaged, or if it just popped loose and they're raking you over the coals. I can't imagine how that little button on the bottom would just break, all on it's own, while just sitting there. Are you sure you didn't ham-hand the switch in the wrong direction or something?
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Using a pipe wrench to turn the switch is not recommended.

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From what he described it's probably a very easy fix.
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