Battery

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by rwestes, May 24, 2009.

  1. rwestes

    rwestes Member

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    The battery in my 2004 Heritage Softail won't stay charged. This is the 3rd new battery since we got it in October 2003. The charging system seems to check out okay. What could be causing this problem?
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Welcome RWestes to HDTalking, you will find plenty of help regarding making your ride more enjoyable and learn good self service troubleshooting and maintenance from fellow riders. Go to the top of the page tabs for tips and search engine. Here is a hyperlink on battery tips to get you started...(pardon the unexcusable pun). :s

    http://www.hdtalking.com/electrical_and_lighting_systems/2146-battery_tips.html
     
  3. wildspirit97

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  4. rwestes

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    we have it plugged to a battery tender when not being used. it was fully charged yesterday when we went for a short ride, about 1 1/2 hr, and stopped to get an ice cream. After being off for 15 - 20 min it wouldn't start! There is only a clock in the spedometer, nothing extra. it is very frustrating. the harley shop keeps saying there is nothing wrong, but we still keep having trouble.
     
  5. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    Sooo.....Are you sure the charging system checks out o.k., or are you taking the shops word for it? What I'm asking is have you checked it with your own eyes.
     
  6. rwestes

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    yes, i took it to another mechanic today and the stater appeared to checked out okay with an ohms meter. and it checked out okay when the bike was running. but after being shut off it will start twice and may or may not start the 3rd time.
     
  7. wildspirit97

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    I had a Chevy once that acted like that, it turned out to be a bad starter.
    Is the Battery dead when it wont start, or just Hot? Will it start if you let it sit for an hour instead of 15 minutes?
     
  8. rwestes

    rwestes Member

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    It is dead, it will turn over once then nothing. 15 min or 1 hour it still won't start.
     
  9. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Sounds to me like it might be bleed back through the voltage regulator. Do this stuff:

    Testing The Charging System - Harley Davidson Community

    If it does turn out to be that (VR), then I suggest changing the VR AND the stator. For some reason, these seem to go out about the same time.

    TQ
     
  10. rwestes

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    nope! genuine HD (all three of them)

    thanks TQ, you have given me some great ideas to check out.
     
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