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Old 12-25-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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The weather channel said up to a foot of snow is possible here in N jersey and my ATV is giving me trouble....
I replace the battery last winter and its been sitting ever since.
I tried to start it and the battery seemed to be weak from sitting all i got was a lound clicking sound from under the right back fender what seems to be a relay with two large wires from the battery.
I tryed to recharge the battery overnight with my battery tender, but all i get is clicking. I made sure the wires to the battery wher tight and still nothing...can anyone give me some advice!
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If it has been sitting all that time, the battery may be a lost cause. Not to be harsh, but if you own a Battery Tender, why wasn't it on the battery? If the battery is an AGM battery, they may not accept a charge when they are totally dead. You can sometimes overcome this by taking another battery that is known to be good, connecting jumpers between it and the dead battery, and then charging them together. Don't ask me why it works, but my battery rep told me about this, and it has worked numerous times... but not always
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a battery tender will not charge a dead battery. All it will do is hold a charge. Your pod will kill your battery over time.
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a battery tender will not charge a dead battery. All it will do is hold a charge. Your pod will kill your battery over time.
We have charged hundreds of dead batteries with a Tender. AGMs can get to where they will not accept a charge.
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a battery tender will not charge a dead battery. All it will do is hold a charge. Your pod will kill your battery over time.
Yes they will, I have four of them myself.

The Battery Tender Junior is much more than a trickle charger. It has a brain. It's lightweight, compact, and fully automatic; very easy to use, especially in small spaces. It will keep your battery fully charged so that it is ready to go when you are!

Perfect for all lead-acid, flooded or sealed maintenance free batteries (AGM and gel cell).
Complete 4-step charging program (Initialization, Bulk Charge, Absorption Mode, Float Mode).
Automatically switches to float / maintenance voltage after fully charging the battery.
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The reason I didn’t have the battery tender connected is I had to store it in a friends garage that has no electricity...it was a temporary solution, however he left the country for a month and his brother couldn’t find the key to the garage door. I had to wait a month for him to get back and open the door with the key on his key ring.
I decided to take apart the starter and I couldn’t believe what I found inside! there was all kinds of goo all over the contacts, dust from the motor and water I guess from the last time I gave it a bath...the seals on both ends of the starter have worn away in some spots and that’s where the water must have seeped in. well I took it apart cleaned, dried and sanded down all the contacts and copper and it turned over immediately.
Thank god it worked because we got over 2 feet of snow over the weekend.
Now the battery will not hold a charge for more than 15 minutes after I turn it off, could this have anything to do with me connecting the neg and the pos of the starter relay under the right fender...I did that more than a few times and there was a spark, but now if I connect them again with a screw driver there is no spark...maybe a blew a fuse or something?
I have to address that problem and my petcock is leaking gas...it seems to be one thing after another.


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Sounds like the battery could have been shorted out. I've had that happen on my Motorcycle.

Definitely sounds like it's time for a new battery.
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Replaced the Battery a few days ago. i think my starter is on its way out......I turned the pilot screw on the bottom of the carm out a few turns and it seemed to be running a little better, but after riding and plowing it started bogging again and then out of the blue it was fine...I cant keep up with the demons on this bike!
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how old is the gas? May have water(condensation) in it from sitting so long. This may be your reason for it running badly. Turning the screw out may only allowed a little more water/gas through resulting in it to run better for just a bit.
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