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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I went to start my 2007 900 Custom yesterday. I turn the ignition and power comes on. I press the starter and the engine starts to turn over...and then everything goes dead. I turn the ignition off and then on again, and no power. I don't even get lights on the gauges.

I've checked all the fuses in the 10 and 15amp fuse box including the 30 amp ignition fuse. All are good. I took the battery to Advanced Auto Parts and they say its a good battery and they are charging it for me (I'll pick that up this afternoon).

I'll put the battery back in tonight and see what happens. If I still don't get power, what else should I look for?
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Starter relay ???
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Would that prevent any power from coming on?
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Would that prevent any power from coming on?
No. Wait for you battery. That may fix you problem, at least temporarily, anyways.

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Ok, so I got my battery back from Advanced Auto Parts. When I picked it up I had the guys check it first. Their equipment came back with a reading that the battery was good, but that it needed to be fully charged. This is after it had sat on the trickle-charger for 24 hours. All the AAP guys and me knew this should have given it a full charge.

In any case I took it home and put it on my bike. Put in the key, turned it on, and I had power!! Engine turned over and everything works great. I hooked up my volt meter to the battery and it showed the battery holding at 12-13 volts. I revved the engine and it rose to 13-14 volts. So the only conclusion i can draw is that the battery is taking a charge, but not holding a charge. In which case it looks like a new battery is going on my tax refund wish list.
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Ok, so I got my battery back from Advanced Auto Parts. When I picked it up I had the guys check it first. Their equipment came back with a reading that the battery was good, but that it needed to be fully charged. This is after it had sat on the trickle-charger for 24 hours. All the AAP guys and me knew this should have given it a full charge.

In any case I took it home and put it on my bike. Put in the key, turned it on, and I had power!! Engine turned over and everything works great. I hooked up my volt meter to the battery and it showed the battery holding at 12-13 volts. I revved the engine and it rose to 13-14 volts. So the only conclusion i can draw is that the battery is taking a charge, but not holding a charge. In which case it looks like a new battery is going on my tax refund wish list.
A smart charger would be prudent right now if you want the battery to eek out another month or two. A good test of your battery holding a charge is taking a reading the day after you've ridden the bike a fair distance. With everything turned off, the battery should be above 12.6 VDC.

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I need to ride it to work today, so when I get home I can check that.
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With everything turned off, the battery should be above 12.6 VDC.
Key off voltage does not tell one much, key ON voltage much more meaningful.
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Which means I should check all 3 (key off, key on, and engine on) just to be thorough. In any case, unless something weird come sup, a new battery is in my future.
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Key off voltage does not tell one much, key ON voltage much more meaningful.
How is that if you have no idea what the load is?
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