Check the battery first.


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hurst615
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Check the battery first.

Postby hurst615 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:40 pm



Just spent several weeks looking for shorts or blow fuses on my 82 Goldwing. The battery showed that it had plenty of voltage. Finally took it in to be check, once a load was put on it the voltage dropped to zero. I now have my own battery load tester. I will now check the battery first when ever I have a problem.



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Re: Check the battery first.

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:34 am

It's pretty common for a weak battery to still show good voltage with no load. If your battery is showing 12.5 volts at rest, but when you switch on your headlight it's dropping down to 9 volts or less, it's a pretty good bet that the battery is history.

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Re: Check the battery first.

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:47 pm

It's probably a great idea to check the frame ground too ... It's over looked way too often..Cable's too.. :D

hurst615
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Re: Check the battery first.

Postby hurst615 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:06 am

The battery did show over 12 volts, but we I turn on the ignition the voltage dropped to .3 volts. After getting a new battery it started right up.

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Re: Check the battery first.

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:49 am

That's a great test....




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