Battery Drain, Ticking noise or arcing


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Battery Drain, Ticking noise or arcing

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Morning Fellow GWers, (reposted from another GW forum)

I am looking for a little advice and here are the problems.

I put the battery on trickle for 2 weeks. Starts up beautifully. When I turn it off and try to start again it struggles.

I have a new battery (maybe that's the problem).
I am getting a noise I think from the right side almost like a ticking noise or arcing noise. I have replaced the spark plugs recently. (power drained happened before I replace these)

Power seems to be draining from somewhere just trying to figure out how to isolate it. When the bike is running its reading 14v -ish. Off of the trickle charger its reading 12.85v


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Re: Battery Drain, Ticking noise or arcing

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What bike???
Have you had the battery load tested?
Have you removed the spark plugs and spun over the motor to ensure you don't have liquid in the cylinders?(hydro-lock)

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Re: Battery Drain, Ticking noise or arcing

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I've fixed the starting issue the stator wires were cobbed together and melting the plastic splice.

Remove it solder the wire and tapped. ZERO starting issue now.

As far as the ticking noise I cleaned out one fo the spark plug caps it had a gel type **** in it. Still making that noise and I might replace the caps see if that helps.
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Re: Battery Drain, Ticking noise or arcing

Post by jimmy's winging now »

Hello there Lostnomad1
Just food for thought, try running your machine at night and
see if you can spot the arcing problem you are experiencing.
I guess you,d be looking for that little blue spark if I'm
reading the Post right. Good luck!
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Re: Battery Drain, Ticking noise or arcing

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Just a guess here. I think that gel stuff was probably dielectric grease. It wouldn't have hurt anything. Years ago, I used to buy plugs and wires for my truck and car from Auto Zone. I don't know what it was about them, but If I didn't put dielectric grease on the plugs and distributor, the wires wouldn't come off without pulling apart after a year or so.



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