Suddenly Dead

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by GeckoRider, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    Probably an electrical problem but just want to submit to the collective to see if there is something I missed.

    After a short run to the store and back (less than 2 miles) I went to start up to go to work. Turning the key none of the usual prechecks started (lights and gauges, etc) but instead a whirring and clicking with only slight movement from the RPM and speedo gauges. Turning the key to the off position to "reset" thing and trying again resulted in less noise and even less movement. A final turning off/on resulted in no movement/noise at all. No smoke, no odd smell, a dry cold day, this bike had done a 300 mile round trip highway miles and has only a trickle charger access attached to the battery.

    I guess a short some where, or a dead battery. Any other things to check?

    Thanks
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  2. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    quite a few have the instant dead battery thing but i haven't noticed it for a while ? I'd check it first.
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  3. JoelWisman

    JoelWisman Long timer

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    That is the usual failure mode of the exide battery of the k7x bikes, but worthwhile to check if one of your battery connectors are loose.

    There are many other possibilities, but expired battery or loose battery connectors are the only ones I've seen in person.
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  4. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    When my battery shit the bed shortly after I bought it, it had the same symptoms.

    If your issue is in fact the battery, do yourself a favour and replace it with a different brand rather than getting another Exide.
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  5. hayfarmer

    hayfarmer Been here awhile

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    Check that your battery terminals and connectors are clean and tight.
    Dont just look...Disconnect ,clean with sandpaper and refit.

    Many batteries have been replaced when they unknowingly cleaned the connection in the changeover when the new battery was unnecessary.

    Its a cheap check.

    Brian
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  6. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    Battery is hooked up to a Tender and I should know if it's happy after 7:30am EST.

    But I plan on buying a new battery. Looking at my options now.
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  7. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    Mine looked OK but I will give them a once over if the battery takes the charge.
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