Battery/starting problems

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by IntruderWithin, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. IntruderWithin

    IntruderWithin Member

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    Afternoon all,

    Been having some issues with the 2004 883 as follows:

    Bike failed to start after 4 -5 attempts then battery went flat

    Charged the battery using a Optimate III SP
    (can one use this on the HD?)

    When the battery was charged tried to start the bike again and again 5 - 6 attemps to start and battery went flat?


    Thanks in advance

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  2. Hoople

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    You may want to pull a spark plug to see if it is wet. Then take the removed plug and attach it to the spark plug wire. Hold base of plug against frame ground, crank engine and check for spark.


    Hoop!
     
  3. IntruderWithin

    IntruderWithin Member

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    Hi, ok the battery got charged at it started around the 3rd time. Took it for 20 mile run all ok. Will check again tomorrow

    Cheers
     
  4. glider

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    You never want to fast charge a battery, only slow charge so it doesn't overheat and warp the plates. Also never jump a battery in a bike from a car because damage to electrical components can occur.
     
  5. IntruderWithin

    IntruderWithin Member

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    Thanks again for the feedback. Is it ok to plug in the charger say once a week just to keep it at it best? (it is the wifes bike and she dont go on it at much a I hoped)
     
  6. glider

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  7. gmurdock

    gmurdock Active Member

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    I agree with Glider about the charger. If it is the original Battery you might start thinking about getting a new one. 3 to 4 years is good from a battery. Once it is drained at that age it can go quickly.
     
  8. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    The optimate III is designed to be left plugged in all the time it checks the charge of the battery every 1/2 hour and if it has dropped it starts to give it a float charge till its full then goes back to monitor till sufficient drop in power is detected
    just plug it in and leave it till you use the bike

    Brian
    http://www.optimate3.com/classic/
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  9. CatWoman

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    Wow, 3-4 years from a battery, here in the Arizona desert, you are lucky to get 2 years 1 to 1 1/2 is much more likely :(

    To get the most out of my batteries, I use a Delfran Battery Tender Junior on both my bike and truck (although, the one on my bike is rarely needed :s )

    CatWoman ::rider