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Offline Yyyzguy

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Hit the starter and all went dead
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:33:23 am »
This morning I stopped for fuel and when I hit the starter button everything went dead. The clock reset and no lights. I checked the  all of the fuses and all are good. It acts like a power issue from bad battery connections but I loosened them and tightened them back up with no change. I haven't checked the battery yet but it started right up 5 minutes before that just fine. Any ideas? I need to get it away from the gas station and I sure would like it to leave on it's own power.

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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 11:55:02 am »
This morning I stopped for fuel and when I hit the starter button everything went dead. The clock reset and no lights. I checked the  all of the fuses and all are good. It acts like a power issue from bad battery connections but I loosened them and tightened them back up with no change. I haven't checked the battery yet but it started right up 5 minutes before that just fine. Any ideas? I need to get it away from the gas station and I sure would like it to leave on it's own power.

Sounds like the old Yuasa SDS - Sudden Death Syndrome.

Inter-cell connectors crack, and stay together just enough until a heavy load is applied (the starter), then they open.

Plan on a new battery - IMHO.
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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 12:12:14 pm »
  My Yuasa did the same thing many yrs ago. Lucky I was in my driveway. Battery totally DEAD!!! New battery solved the problem!! :)
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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 12:54:14 pm »
Thanks for the input. My first thought was the battery so I'll start there and hope for the best. The battery is 2 or 3 years old so hopefully an easy fix.

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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 03:40:40 pm »
My friends battery would reset and come back and then as soon as he hit the starter button the battery would drop out again.
He told me he had to wait for the Thermal Switch  on the C!0 to reset. The starter was locked up and tripping the thermal switch..
I said: There is no Thermal Switch. You have a defective battery
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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 04:40:29 pm »
does it jump start?

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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 07:03:36 pm »
I checked the battery and it tested at 11.6 volts, pulled it out and went to the dealer 1 mile down the road and had them verify it. They said the same thing and it showed it was good. We decided to put it back in and jump it with another battery and it fires right off, disconnect it and nothing. So $82 later and a new battery and we're good again. I've had this happen on my Cadillac several times but never the motorcycle. As long as it works again is all that matters. Thanks for the advise guys.

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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2018, 08:23:37 pm »
Open circuit voltage can be up there, as the open circuit's resistance can allow some conductivity. Put a little load on it and the bad connection can't handle the current.

Regardless, glad it's fixed.
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Re: Hit the starter and all went dead
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2018, 06:04:55 pm »
What do you mean dealer? Motorcycle dealer?
That battery would have immediately failed a load test at any automotive parts shop. Voltage  is one small part of a battery.
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