A new kind of battery problem


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centurion
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A new kind of battery problem

Postby centurion » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:57 pm



Greetings!

Just filled up the 82 GL1100 with fresh gas and hit the starter. It wanted to go, but didn't, so I gave it a few breaks so as not to overheat the starter. Then all the lights go off. I figured I'd tripped a relay and decided to put the battery tender back on it. Problem was, there was no longer a positive terminal on the battery - it was a molten puddle of lead.

Methinks this may not bode well for the upcoming weekend. What thinkest y'all?

Don
Council Bluffs, Iowa



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Aussie81Interstate
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Location: Penrith Australia
Motorcycle: 1982 CX500 Turbo (restoration project)
1981 GL1100 Interstate (sold)
1988 GL1500

Re: A new kind of battery problem

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:22 pm

Methinks you are absolutely correct, it will not bode well for your coming weekend. :)

Methinks some further investigations needed here Sherlock.

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WingAdmin
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Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: A new kind of battery problem

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:12 pm

Resistance + amps = heat

If there was contamination (dirt, grime, corrosion) between the battery cable and the battery post causing resistance, it turns it into a very effective heater when you pull a lot of current (i.e. hit the starter button).

I'd replace the battery, thoroughly clean the battery cables, and try again.

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Oldbear
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Re: A new kind of battery problem

Postby Oldbear » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:12 pm

Check your connections "downstream" of the battery. That much resistance may have migrated to other places.
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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: A new kind of battery problem

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:16 am

+! bad connections.................


HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB


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