Sluggish Starting

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by haileypooch, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. haileypooch

    haileypooch Been here awhile

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    Noticed recently when I hit the starter it seems to sluggisly crank over once then fire up. I am not exactly an electrical/mechanical genius so before I started noodling around thought to throw it out there and see if someone can direct me. I expect testing the battery is one place to start, bike is an 09 with the original battery, but would love to solve this beofre having total failure somewhere out in the middle of somewhere. Thanks in advance
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  2. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    like you say, I'd see if the battery is still fresh enough or if you have to charge it. did you do a longer ride recently? I mean like 2 hours of riding, then shutting it off and trying to start it again? If you have no more noise it could be because you're battery is charged again (or enough to start it again).
    Or another question, did it idle a lot recently?
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  3. haileypooch

    haileypooch Been here awhile

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    I rode about 600km this weekend and was sluggish last couple of days when starting. I did just flip it over, it did start, then shut it off and now tried again and it didnt want to crank. Must be the battery, I will borrow a charger and retest it.
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  4. lakota

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    09 with the original battery says you need a new one
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  5. haileypooch

    haileypooch Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I reckon. Any suggestions on what to look for?
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  6. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Your first stop is to check the connections at the battery - are they tight and clean? Assuming those are good, make sure the ground connection at the motor/frame and positive cables connections to the starter relay and starter are also tight and clean. When you've determined those aren't the problem, fully charge the battery with an external charger and bring it to an auto parts store (or buy/borrow a load tester) to be checked on a resistive load. A voltage test alone won't indicate the health of a battery - you could have a 'bad' cell with near zero capacity that shows the proper voltage - you've got to discharge it somehow, and the safest way to do so is through a large resistor.
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  8. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    FWIW, given the somewhat spotty reputation of the Exide Battery I replaced mine after 3.5 years service.
    I just didn't want to take a chance. The thread above is a good one, and details the hi-tech options.
    I went with the "regular-tech" DEKA battery that Joel and others recommend - made in USA.

    I got mine from these folks, they are very easy to deal with, family run outfit with good sales volume, so nothing sits on the shelf very long: http://www.etx14.com -- $73 bucks including shipping within USA.

    (I have no affiliation with them other than being happy customer )
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  9. haileypooch

    haileypooch Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great advice all. I ended up heading to our local specialty battery shop in Vancouver and they suggest simply replace it. After 4 years it is time and I do not want to try bump starting my ride out in the toolees on loose gravel roads once it reall shats the bed. $70 later the thing fires up beautifully, done.
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  10. murpies

    murpies Been here awhile

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    I'm expirencing tat problem too, check the battery when it idiling (14.5V) and ignition on (12.8V). both looks ok. but leave it overnight and it will sluggisly crank over then fire up. i will try checking the starter relay and the contact point to see any loss point.
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  11. haileypooch

    haileypooch Been here awhile

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    Again, I really know nothing about these things, but I am guessing once the battery shats the bed, It wont hold a charge for very long, hence the sluggish start in the am, rather than spend a bunch of time trying to figure out the short comings of a 5 year old battery, I simply dropped the 70 bucks and problem solved, and hopefully wont get stalled out in the sticks for the next little while.
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