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Kwest1
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No power

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When I flick the key to any position I get nothing, no lights, radio, starter button, etc. so naturally, I check the connection to the battery terminals, the 30amp blade fuse, and the main 55amp strip fuse, all seem to be ok I don’t have a test light but nothing looks corroded or cracked. Hooked the battery up to a tender and it took a charge, but yet again nothing. I tried to jump the solenoid with the key on and yet again nothing. Tomorrow I plan on buying a test light and a battery tester to hopefully eliminate the battery and fuses beside it as issues. Could it be the #6 relay for the ignition or possibly the #3? Tonight when I get home from work I’m going to turn the key and tap the relays with the end of screw driver to see if I get anything. Hoping it’s not an ignition switch but at least I would know what the problem is, any info is greatly appreciated.


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Re: No power

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Sounds like you did the initial checks. Along with the test light pick up a digital voltmeter, can be found at Harbor Freight or Walmart for cheap.

Take the battery to local Auto Parts store after being on the charger overnight and have them load test it. I'm betting it's toast.
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Re: No power

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Unless you can see electrons, without a test light or meter, you are just guessing.
If you want to just guess, you can always swap relays around to test your theory.
Did you remove the main fuse? They are known to crack and still look good until you take them off and they fall apart. Should be a spare in the cover.
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DenverWinger wrote: Thu Oct 13, 2022 7:28 pm Sounds like you did the initial checks. Along with the test light pick up a digital voltmeter, can be found at Harbor Freight or Walmart for cheap.

Take the battery to local Auto Parts store after being on the charger overnight and have them load test it. I'm betting it's toast.
I wouldn’t be surprised, looks little older but is a quality agm. I’d rather it be the issue then a switch.
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Kwest1
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Rambozo wrote: Thu Oct 13, 2022 7:29 pm Unless you can see electrons, without a test light or meter, you are just guessing.
If you want to just guess, you can always swap relays around to test your theory.
Did you remove the main fuse? They are known to crack and still look good until you take them off and they fall apart. Should be a spare in the cover.
I removed the main fuse and it was in one piece and don’t look burnt or anything, going to test the battery tomorrow and go from there.
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Re: No power

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Took the battery to advanced and it was measuring 5v lol, bought a new one and all is good. Thanks for the help.


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