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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 08:40 PM
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I will have the battery checked, but to help me understand, even if the engine seems to turns over OK it still could be the battery? This is why I didnt consider it before, it turns over ok, it just takes longer to start.I have noticed if I hit the starter for a few seconds, let off, then hit the starter again it starts right up. I hope yall are right, thats what sombody at work told me too, a battery and/or cables is easy. I want to try to get ahead of this before it becomes a real problem.
Definitely sounds like a battery or lead problem, and that is the right place to TEST first. A load test is free at Autozone. Don't go buying parts and throw them at the bike hoping to solve the problem.

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Battery problem. You have enough to spin it over and that takes the juice from the ignition. Sometimes you'll get a backfire out the exhaust.

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Not throwing parts at it is why I am asking you guys, Thanks yall gave me the best place to start.
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plus one on it being a battery problem.

One time the battery cables were loose on my bike and it started sluggish, as if the battery were going dead but it would always start. Then, in a lowes parking lot it was loose enough not to start anymore and that is when I found out the cables were loose!!

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We deal with a lot of amperage trying to start generators at work the size of school buses and when a battery starts to weaken, it will do the same thing. The new gel cell batteries, optimas, actually require a special charger because the plates will begin to desulfurize, causing the batteries to eventually go bad.

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