2 month old battery


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Gr8Heath
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2 month old battery

Postby Gr8Heath » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:33 pm



So I took my 81 interstate out Thursday for 2 hours with no hiccups. last night, while getting ready for work, I found that the battery was dead. The PO had many things wired in, but all have been disconnected once I took over. the batt was completely dead and it was only a 2 month old battery. no idea what caused it



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Re: 2 month old battery

Postby portugeezer » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:14 pm

On both of my wings I had to solder the three yellow wires that come from the stator. You just clip out the plug and solder the wires together one at a time and shrink tube them. Those plugs fail and you either have intermittent charging or no charging.

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Re: 2 month old battery

Postby Gr8Heath » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:27 am

it's odd. I charged the battery overnight, reinstalled and it fired right up. So I go into town to do a few things and I make 3 stops. on the second stop I notice the starter turning slow. The third stop, just enough juice to start. While riding the voltmeter shows about 14 so I assume my stator is functioning. I don't have much as far as electrical accessories, just a cd player and 2 small speakers. Am I missing something?

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Re: 2 month old battery

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:00 am

Check your main (dogbone) fuse. If it is cracked/intermittently failing or just outright failed, it will prevent the battery from charging. It's odd that you're showing 14 volts, which would indicate charging however...

I would check the fuse (take it out and make sure it doesn't crack/crumble in your fingers - then replace it with a 30 blade fuse and 30 amp blade fuse holder). If it is good, run the bike in neutral, hold the engine at 3500 RPM, and use a multimeter to measure the voltage at the battery terminals.

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Re: 2 month old battery

Postby portugeezer » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:55 pm

I replaced my solenoid with one that has the 30 amp blade fuse holder. If if were you I would solder the wires from that plug as its a known problem with these bikes and a cheap easy fix!

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Re: 2 month old battery

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:59 pm

WingAdmin wrote: It's odd that you're showing 14 volts, which would indicate charging however...


Unfortunately,the voltage is measured from switched ignition,not the battery contacts,so the reading can be misleading.I measure battery volts at the battery with a DVM.Once verified,the dash meter can be used for a approximate.

The fuse is the connecting link from the bikes system to the battery.Enough power may be getting through to start the bike and then the charging system takes over to keep it running.The excess of the charging system is fed through that fuse to replenish the battery.

By all means,tend to the fuse replacement and any thing else you may want to do to stabilize the charging system.Corroded connectors and wires are your worse enemy.




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