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post #1 of 24 Old May 31st, 2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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quick question on dead Battery

The last two times I've used my RZR, I have had to jump start to get going. The lights work and the dash lights are all on when I turn the key but when I go to start the starter just clicks. As soon as I hook up the jumper cables it fires right up and runs fine with no warning lights on the dash. This is a 2011 S that I purchased new in Feb of this year and has the OEM battery. I've had the machine stuck once where the battery could have been at least somewhat submerged if not completly for a few hours but it has worked since then.
My questions are:
I'm guessing the first thing to do is get the battery checked. Correct?
IF it is a bad battey should this be covered by warrenty since the machine is less than 4 months old?
If it isn't a bad battery then what are the other possibilities? Taking it to the dealer is a real pain becuase it's a few hundred miles in the wrong direction so I'm hoping this is something simple.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

Warranty won't cover submerging it in water.

Use a volt meter to check your voltage before starting the RZR, it should be about 12.8 Volts.

Then have someone else turn the starter and see how far the voltage pulls down. If it goes to 9 Volts or less...the battery is trash.

Have you added any accessories that might be dragging the voltage down? Stereo? Lights? who knows what else.

When your RZR is running system voltage should come up to about 13.4 Volts. When the cooling fan comes on it pulls down to about 12.7. As soon as the fan shuts off, it comes back up. Does that happen?

Check your ground connections at both ends of the ground cable. Loose or dirty connections will prevent the electrical system from working correctly.

If its the battery, or you want to upgrade, get a TruGel battery. Pretty much an Optima, but designed to fit in the factory battery box. Mine is working just great.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

Sometimes the battery is OK but the connections to it (or to the frame & solenoid) are corroded. Enough current flows for lights & such but the corrosion prevents enough for the starter to crank. Left alone this eventually kills the battery by not allowing enough charging current to keep it fully charged.

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post #4 of 24 Old May 31st, 2012, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: quick question on dead Battery

Good info, I can check all of those things. Where does the ground connect to the frame? I do not have any aftermarket parts added on.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

Duh, I can't remember where the ground connects to the frame, but I'm sure its behind the seats. Shouldn't be hard to follow from the battery.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

it connects just behind battery and on eng case also... how long are you letting it sit? the ecm and clock are allways draining the battery so if it sits long this will drain it.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

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it connects just behind battery and on eng case also... how long are you letting it sit? the ecm and clock are allways draining the battery so if it sits long this will drain it.
It sits for about a week.
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Re: quick question on dead Battery

That should not be too long. There is something else amiss.

In the off season I keep mine on a Battery Tender for one week a month. Its always fully charged and ready to go.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

shorai lithium iron battery,check em out ,no trickle charger needed,love mine
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Re: quick question on dead Battery

I also have a 2011 RZR-S LE. It wouldn't start without a jump earlier this year and I replaced it with the Shorai. Expensive but I'm worth it. It has turned over without any problems since.

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Well guys, never heard of a Shorai battery, guess that must be why I didn't get one this Spring. Where did you find out about them?
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Re: quick question on dead Battery

Ok, here's the deal.... When the lights and fuel pump come on, then EVERYTHING goes dead when you try to engage the starter, it's probably a bad connection. If you pull the seat and try it again, you'll likely see a spark on whichever battery post needs a better connection. If not, hold the key over for about ten seconds. Whichever cable that has a bad connection will be warm to the touch. I'd like to give a big shout-out to my dear old daddy for teaching me that one... it really works.

But if you twist the key and all you get is a series of clicks from the starter, it's going to be a low voltage problem and you'll likely need to have that battery checked.
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Re: quick question on dead Battery

I had a problem with my rzr's battery always being dead if not used in a couple of weeks. Something was draining it rather quickly. Most likely it was the race radio as the problem started a month after installing it. Got a better battery and it would sit for a little longer, but would still not start after a few weeks. I put in a cheap battery switch in from napa and have never had another problem. It could sit all summer and still start right up.

So if you are still having a problem after your new battery then give it a try. Also makes for a little bit of a theft deterrent if you hide it.

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

https://www.rzrforums.net/alba-racing...tery-sale.html

Here is a link to the thread for the vendorwhere I bought my shorai

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Re: quick question on dead Battery

Thanks for the link. I've added to my favorites as something to look at next time.

Thanks again,

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