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Offline Chris_Baum_NE

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Battery Question
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:47:49 pm »
COG Nation,

Battery question?  Trying to figure out if the battery is dead. 

1. Went to start the 86 bike yesterday and it would not even turn over.
2. Notice that the clock was on but when I turned the key the clock went out.
3. No lights, blinkers, etc.

Charged the battery today,  placed it back in and still nothing happened. 

Haven't had a chance to take to battery to the local shop to get it tested.

Any advice COG Nation???

Chris


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Re: Battery Question
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 11:52:35 pm »
How old is it?
And when you charged it, how did you tell it was charged?

Take it to autoparts store, after fully ccharging it... and have it load tested...

If its older than 4 years, you likely will need a new one.....

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Re: Battery Question
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 11:59:22 pm »
Could have an open cell. Enough power to operate clock, but not enough to turn starter.

Like what was said...get it load tested.
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Offline Chris_Baum_NE

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Re: Battery Question
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 12:00:35 am »
How old is it?
And when you charged it, how did you tell it was charged?

Take it to autoparts store, after fully ccharging it... and have it load tested...

If its older than 4 years, you likely will need a new one.....


1. Old - 2/3 years years
2. I wasn't 100% sure is was full charge. In the past when I put it on the charger it usually it does the trick.
3. My plan was to take it to the shop was my next plan.
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Re: Battery Question
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 12:38:27 pm »
The quick test at home if you have a volt meter. what is the battery voltage key off, key on , and starter button pushed. A large drop off in voltage at each point suspect a bad battery.
Any time I have a slow or no crank I loosen and re tighten the battery connections. It is the first place that corrosion will happen and may help a marginal battery to make a better connection.