Baffled

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by forever harley, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. forever harley

    forever harley Member

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    Recently came out of work to a dead battery. Picked up a new one (drag) charged it up, checked the amps, hooked up the cables and started it up. Came back 2 days later to what seems to be a dead battery. Checked the cables, recharged on the trickle charger and nothing but click...click every time I hit the start button. I repeated this several times and tried to start it immediately after charging and nothing. So is just a bad battery that won't hold a charge or is there something else going on here draining the juice out and preventing it from turning over? Thanks.
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Load test the battery, could be a dead short
     
  3. bikerdad

    bikerdad Junior Member

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    Check the cables at both ends. If the ground wire is loose it will cause a good battery to appear bad. If you have a volt meter hold it directly on the battery posts. If the voltage stays good while trying to start, it is a cable or connection problem. If voltage drops, it is a bad battery.
     
  4. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I agree with load testing the battery. I've seen brand new batteries off the shelve that were bad.
     
  5. forever harley

    forever harley Member

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    Thanks, should have the test done tomorrow. But if that checks out ok then what, voltage regulator, fuses, bare wire.
     
  6. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    TRICKLE Charger WON'T Charge a Dead Battery or Too Low of one...

    You need to put Battery on No Less than 2 amp charger until FULLY Charged
    (4 to 8 hours)

    THEN keep it on the TRICKLE Charger.:s

    BET that New Battery Never saw a full charge after being LOW...

    signed ....BUBBIE
     
  7. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Do as BUBBIE said, charge with a battery charger not a tender. If it was fully charged as you stated and went dead after setting for 2 days My moneys on a bad battery or you have a drain somewhere that's killing the battery.