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Dead Battery
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:32:30 pm »
Turned the key this morning and nothing. Also I noticed that the radio had disappeared from the computer screen last week. Any ideas?
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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 12:41:03 pm »
Hi BludyL

I think you answered your own question with the bit about the Radio "disappearing".

There are a few members who have had faulty Audio Modules that continue to draw power
after the ignition has been switched off, resulting in flat batteries overnight.

Check the obvious though :

Did you accidentally turn the key switch too far when you parked it,
and activated the parking Lights without noticing ?

Are the Battery terminals clean and tght ?

Is the Main Fuse intact ?

Hope you get it sorted soon  :028:

Regards,

« Last Edit: August 12, 2014, 06:14:17 pm by Coconut »

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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 01:28:15 pm »
Interesting that on my trip to Quebec last week I did turn the switch too far and left the parking lights on all night. It fired up fine and ran great for the remaining two days of the trip.

Battery leads are in order. I'll check the main fuse.

Thanks
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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2014, 02:10:07 pm »
I know you are not as stupid as me but when this happened to me I tought that at least one of the problems has hit me and it was easy to just give up.  Until I noticed I have put my helmet down on the front while I put my ear plugs in and rested it right on top of the kill switch!!!  I had even started to push the bike round to the main work doors to store it over night when I spotted it.   :138:

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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2014, 05:14:06 pm »
This has happened to me twice.  Not sure if it was user error or not, but both times I put the bike on the charger and the battery charged and the bike started fine after that.

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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2014, 05:31:34 pm »
Bludy L--

The first thing on my check list is determining if the battery is really dead.  My next step would be to remove the battery from the starter circuit and jump start it.  If the bike starts I'd check the charging system out by performing a simple test.  Does the headlight get brighter and the horn pitch change when you rev the bike up?  If it does, you know that the charging system is functioning at that moment (it may be intermittent).

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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2014, 05:45:24 pm »
The battery is only putting out 4 volts.
I was supposed to leave for Cape Breton Island tomorrow but now even if I get a new battery today I'd be concerned about issues 500 miles from home.
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Re: Dead Battery
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2014, 06:04:21 pm »
I think the most likely culprit is the Audio Module -
especially as you know there was a problem with it before the battery became flat,
and because we know - from other Forum members telling us -
that they have had faulty audio modules that drained their battery's overnight.

Assuming the battery is recoverable, and you can get it recharged,
I would suggest pulling the Audio fuse ( Fuse No.3 - 10A from the front Fuse Box - under the left side panel )
and leaving it out until you can get the bike to a Dealer to check it over properly.

Good luck  :028:

« Last Edit: August 12, 2014, 06:06:16 pm by Coconut »