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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Battery troubleshooting

2012 FLTRX. Never had any issues starting. No slow starts or dragging starter. Sometimes parked for weeks with no issues. Suddenly today battery was dead to the point of barely turning the starter. Rode it two days ago. Nothing left on. I have never had a battery take a shit that suddenly. Bike stored indoors and temperature is around 80 inside.

Anyone have a battery go this fast? Any suggestions on troubleshooting other causes (short, charging, etc) before forking out for a new battery?

Haven't done any work or washed it recently.

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Use a voltmeter to see what the battery has for volts or take it out and and bring it somewhere to have it tested. It is possible that a battery can go bad quickly.

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Use a voltmeter to see what the battery has for volts or take it out and and bring it somewhere to have it tested. It is possible that a battery can go bad quickly.
Check your connections.

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The posts were spotless and the cables were tight.

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The posts were spotless and the cables were tight.
Check the other end of the ground , then do what rlaf75 said.
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You need to have the battery load tested. You may also want to have a battery tender plugged into the battery if it's left in the garage for more than a few days.

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A loose or corroded ground can cause this issue so everything stated above is where I would start. Also, if this is the original battery you have got your money's worth out of it so a new battery could be in order.

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FWIW I keep a jump box around just for that type of situation. It sux

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Batteries fail as much in warm/hot weather as in cold. I'd bet battery is done but imperative to check all grounds. A little dialectric grease goes a long way, just look at the back of your fuse block some time.

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All good advise here. Remember that every cable has two ends. Don't just look at them, take them apart and clean them. Dialectric grease is good preventative maintenance. If you are still running the factory battery after 5 years, it doesn't owe you anything.
You can pick up a battery maintainer for $15 at Wally World.
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