09 FLHX Bad Battery

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by twicecam, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. twicecam

    twicecam Active Member

    241
    26
    0
    Picked up my bike yesterday from the dealer, they had to replace the battery turned out it was defective. The bike is only a year and a half old, so it was covered under warranty. Seems I have heard many times about the 09 and 10"s having battery failure. Any thoughts on this? :D
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    18,544
    153
    399
    Agree with Smitty, We have a few bad ones from the factory every now and then if it is made by the hands of man it can go wrong JMO
     
  3. Hoople

    Hoople Account Removed

    7,198
    0
    34
    Wow, my guess would have been the battery would only be covered for 1/2 year tops then prorated. This is the 1st time I ever heard of a battery being fully covered at 1 1/2 years.

    That is except for the JC Penny's auto battery way back in the '70's. 5 year warranty with NO prorate. New full exchange for 60 months. That offer did not last long.:)
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    18,544
    153
    399
    Do you remember the Firestone Forever battery, boy did they take a blood bath on that one:s
     
  5. twicecam

    twicecam Active Member

    241
    26
    0
    It worked out well, 140 for the battery, 60 for the towing, my cost 0..... :s
     
  6. Hoople

    Hoople Account Removed

    7,198
    0
    34
    No never heard of the Firestone "forever" battery. The name sure is catchy! Was that around the same time as the Firestone "500" tires?:)
     
  7. flh canuck

    flh canuck Active Member

    215
    28
    2
    Given that these new fuel injected motorcycles with all the associated electronics are so dependant on having a good battery, you may want to consider investing in a battery tender.

    They are relatively cheap ($35-40 bucks) and should help extend the life of your new battery by a considerable margin.

    They are especially good for your battery during the winter months when our motorcycles tend to sit un-used for a while.
     
  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    4,633
    83
    101
    I agree whole-heartedly on the battery tender. You may already have one installed. Look for the pig-tail hanging out of the bike below the seat. That would be what the "charger" thingy they gave you when you bought the bike should plug into.

    If not there, get one. Do a search for "Battery Tender Jr." on google. Should be able to find one around $20. With S&H should be under $30.

    TQ
     
  9. rbmount

    rbmount Member

    87
    16
    0
    I'm in 100% agreement on the tender, I keep one on my '99 Road King, and just last year replaced the factory battery with a new one. I realize 10 yrs is an exception, but at the dealership where I work when I see a 5+ yr old battery come in for a new one, I ask if they've kept it on a tender, and their answers are yes.
     
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

    8,176
    98
    16