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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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New Battery still no start

Had my 97 FXDWG in storage for about 9 months. Charged old battery got about 40 mins of riding and died after I tried to start it after a stop to eat. So I put a brand new battery in and I still cant get her to turn over. Battery caables arent new but there isnt any sign of wear or rust. There could have been a little gas left over in the carb but Ive ready rode it with that being the case? How can I test if its the starter or something related? Or does a reclean of a carb that was rebuilt less than 400 miles sound like a good place to start
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post #2 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 11:49 AM
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Start by telling us the symptoms. Carbs and electrical are 2 totally different critters.

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Well to go back to the beginning. Had a bad voltage regulator that drained the original battery. I just kept taking the battery off after every ride and putting it on the charger. Back in November I had knee surgery and had it in a garage. Didnt have a chance to drain gas or hook it up to a tender or charger. Fast forward 9 months later, I pull the battery and charge it, drain the gas and replace. Fires up after a crank or 2. Rode for a few mins and parked it. Hasnt started since. New battery caused the same result of no turnover. Just that almost wanting to catch sound. Odd shit thats happened since is my Neutral and right dash lights dont light. Replaced bulbs and checked for pinched wires.
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By turn over do you mean the engine wont spin or it will spin but not fire? If it wont spin, carb isnt part of this problem. Check and clean both ends of battery cables. If the battery is good and youre not getting any dash lights, I would suspect a loose or bad/corroded connection somewhere.


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Did the bad voltage regulator get replaced?
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Yes replaced regulator before i had surgery
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Put a meter on battery then hit start button. If nothing happens could be button. If voltage in battery suddenly drops and nothing happens. Have issue with starter or its solenoid.
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when you drained the gas , how did it look? ,any debris , did it smell old?
Did you check out the inside of the tank or clean the petcock filter?
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Ive had some chips in the tank before. I tried the apple cider vineger in the tank and let it sit for 2 days. I still saw some smaller flakes when I drained it. I installed new fuel filter back then. But I def had some debris in the tank, but this was before the problem with battery. I would get kind of a little lady fart occasionally when I opened the throttle. Think of the sound that would be made if you had piece of popcorn kernel in your mouth and you lightly spit it out.
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post #10 of 69 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 06:33 AM
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It takes two things to start.
One it takes fuel, make sure the fuel is getting down to the engine.
Second it takes spark, pull a plug and see if you have spark when you turn it over by grounding the plug to the engine. Then report back to us.
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