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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Battery Charging Saga Continues :(

So just a brief history, I had replaced the battery when I got this quad last winter and it ended up draining shortly after. So I replaced the regulator/rectifier. That didn't work either, so I brought it to a dealer and they said the Stator was bad (whole different dramatic story I won't go into). So they replaced the stator. The battery drained again... But this was like the 5th time so I got yet another new battery and had them test it in the store before I purchased it. Roughly 20 hard hours later the battery dies yet again... Back to the shop and they replaced all the wires coming out from the rectifier. They said it is charging consistently now (at idle 13v and revved at 14v). I get it out again and after riding it for a while again the battery dies... I bring it back to them and they say they can't find anything wrong, that it is charging just fine. I checked it myself just now with the multi-meter and it is at 13v at idle and 14 revved up. The only suggestion they had was to buy and install a voltmeter and watch the volts as I'm riding it and see if the problem only happens when it gets a lot of use. Any suggestions? I'm really upset that this has been an ongoing saga for about 2 months now. I just don't know what to do anymore, seriously thinking about cutting my losses and sell the thing.

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the starter solenoid can drain the battery while sitting overnight have you changed that?


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take off the negitive battery cable and take a test light and touch the end of the negitive battery terminal and the negitive on the battery . if the test light , lights up then you have a draw.....which is why youre battery is draining

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the starter solenoid can drain the battery while sitting overnight have you changed that?

The battery doesn't appear to drain when it isn't used for a day or even a few days though.

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Then remove fuses one by one and see when light goes out to narrow it down to which circuit it is on.

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take off the negitive battery cable and take a test light and touch the end of the negitive battery terminal and the negitive on the battery . if the test light , lights up then you have a draw.....which is why youre battery is draining
What kind of a test light would I use? The only one I know of is like an outlet test light.?.?

Would I do this while it is not running I assume?

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it would be for 12volt use like in the picture
and not running

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Might be a very small voltage drain, use a milliamp tester in place of the light and that will also tell you if theres a drain.

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i must have a drain on my atv then because i tried this and it lights up (dim) but noticeable and iv never had a dead battery even after letting it sit for weeks in the winter

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Remove fuses one at a time and put them back in and move to next fuse.When light goes out concentrate on that circuit

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