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post #1 of 22 Old 04-16-2019, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Battery doesn’t hold a charge

Stupid question, My battery doesn’t want to hold a charge, how would I tell If it’s just the battery or something like the alternator?
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Stupid question, My battery doesnít want to hold a charge, how would I tell If itís just the battery or something like the alternator?
No such thing as a stupid question about how to fix something.
Alternator test; Get a digital multimeter, set it on DC volts, without the sled running, put the leads on the battery, you should see a voltage number, lets just say about 12.4 volts, start the sled and it should go up to say 13.6 volts. If it doesn't change and stays right around your first figure, your alternators not charging

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Okay thank you so much, I’ll give it a test when I get a hold of a digital reader
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I assume this is a Ctec sled. You mention alternator. Is this a 2 stroke or 4S machine?



2S machines, how about the readout on the gauge? I usually see low voltage at idle. Just wondering how accurate the voltage reading is for the charging system? Stator output doesn't really ramp up until you get higher rpms.



I like the testing idea. Easy way to do quick check without removing the battery. I usually find initial low voltage readings if the sled has been sitting. I would also plan on putting it up on a stand to test output at various rpms.
You may still need to do a battery test if meter test is inconclusive. Many of the auto shops do offer free testing.

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you can also pull the battery take to a chain auto parts store and have the battery load tested, this will tell you if battery is good or not
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Yes it is a 2018 ctech 600. Yesterday it read out 14.6 on the gauge of the sled.
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Output is correct. Charge the battery with a full charge just to see if it holds. Sounds like a tired battery.
Ability to hold a charge is a pretty simple test before replacing.

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What kills a battery is leaving it less than fully charged.....If you have some buds over and start your sled in the garage a few times so they can hear it run, then don't touch it for a week, you are killing your battery. The secret to battery life is making sure they are fully charged all the time. If you do start your sled, let it run long enough to fully recharge the battery.....
I have no problem getting 8-10,000 miles on my four stroke and two stroke sleds with original batteries and factory replacements. Never are my batteries on a tender, but we do ride every weekend of the season. I disconnect my batteries and leave them in the sled on the trailer for the summer. In the fall, I use a proper charger(AGM in my case) to bring them up to full charge and leave them in the sled all winter.
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Okay thank you all. I've recently put a few 100 plus miles trips and about 4k miles this winter. Battery died 2 weeks ago then i charged it and it worked and died again. Currently charging it but don't know how long to charge it with the charger i have.
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