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Thanks for your input. I plan to replace the starter relay and try to clean the starter button/switch, but folks keep referring to relays (plural). What's the other one besides the starter relay?
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There are two relays in the junction box of the early EFI Sportsters.

* One is strictly for the starter circuit.
* One is for the EFI/ignition system.

If you hear the fuel pump the latter is working correctly.

But since corrosion because of water intrusion is a common/known problem on these models it might not hurt to replace both.

They are common Bosch style 4-pin relays. Actually IIRC a 5-pin Bosch relay would fit as well (the fifth terminal just wouldn't contact anything).

Anyway check/clean/tighten the battery terminals, check fuses and relays, perhaps just replace the relays to be sure.
Though I don't really think anyone is referring to the Starter Solenoid as a relay in this case, IT IS also technically a relay (a remote controlled switch that uses a smaller amperage circuit to control a larger amperage circuit).
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Though I don't really think anyone is referring to the Starter Solenoid as a relay in this case, IT IS also technically a relay (a remote controlled switch that uses a smaller amperage circuit to control a larger amperage circuit).
That clears up my confusion then. Thank you!
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