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willboy57
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No Power

Postby willboy57 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:57 pm



I go out to take a quick ride...haven't ridden in about 3 weeks. Bike is on a battery tender. Put the key in, turn to "on". All is normal the volt meter is reading 14v. Hit the starter and "click" then dead. No lights no anything. I check the 30amp blade fuse (changed from dog bone a long time ago) and it's fine. I turn the key to "acc" and the volt meter comes up and reads 8v. In about 5 seconds or so it rises to 10v then begins to pulse between 8v and 10v as if a turn signal was on (it wasn't). It settles at 10v so I hit the emergency flasher switch and that brings the meter down to almost 0v and I can hear the flasher trying to kick in. When I turn the key back to "on" it goes completely dead with no volt reading at all. Put the battery on a charger and it shows fully charged. Before I start tearing things apart where is the best place to start and then work back. Never had this problem before and she ran perfect last time out.



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Re: No Power

Postby Mooseman » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:51 pm

Even though the battery takes a charge and shows a full charge, it can be shorted inside or have a bad cell or 2. I might try another battery or take a 12 battery and hook jumper cables up and see if that works. Just a 12v battery, not hooked to a running vehicle. That or pull the battery out and have it load tested. let us know if what you find.
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Re: No Power

Postby willboy57 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:36 pm

Thanks for your reply Mooseman. I was mulling things over and thought about getting the battery in for a load test before anything else. I'll try that first. Thanks again.

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Re: No Power

Postby ct1500 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:29 pm

Sounds like a defective battery OR could be poor battery connections, remove and clean contact areas with wire brush or sandpaper.

A quick test for poor batt connections, key on with nothing or little devices lit up. Take a phillips driver and put point in an area between where cable and battery meet. Give it a little back and forth action twisting point between the two, if you see some sparking or lights now come on full bright you found the problem. The point of screw driver is now completing the circuit.
This is what I do
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Re: No Power

Postby willboy57 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:06 pm

Thanks ct1500. I pulled the battery and had it load tested...it's bad. Only about two years old and always on a Battery Tender. Installing a new one and she should be good to go. Thanks Mooseman and ct1500 for your responses and advice.

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Re: No Power

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:41 am

That's generally indicative of a bad battery, but it can also be caused by just low electrolyte levels.

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Re: No Power

Postby willboy57 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:07 pm

Thanks for the reply. Checked the electrolytes...they were good. Just a bad battery. Installed last night and she's runnin' good.
Thanks.




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