This past year my friend and neighbor gave our family an old snow machine that was just sitting in his backyard. It is an old Arctic Cat Wildcat 700 EFI. This fall we also purchased a new Ski-doo Skandic to haul logs and lumber out to our remote property. One of the main reason why we chose to buy a 2-stroke instead of a 4-stroke is because the 2-stroke had a pull cord installed as well as an electric start and I have heard this is a good thing to have especially when traveling the backcountry. Well this past week I got the old Arctic Cat Wildcat running for my kids to drive around our neighborhood and for some reason the battery died even though I shut it down. Well, the problem is, I can't seem to get it started even though it has a pull start. I was assuming that the battery wasn't necessary to start the Wildcat but for some reason it won't start without the battery charged. I am also wondering if my thought process was all wrong in buying the 2-stroke instead of a 4-stroke. If the Skandic's battery dies will it really start without the battery? I confess I am not a mechanical genius. I can only do basic maintenance and repairs but I am not the best at working with a wrench. I'm better at building and working with wood. Can anybody help explain the electrical issues in basic layman's terms so that a regular guy like me can understand? I've rode snow machine's a lot with my friends and my family owned one when I was a kid, but this is the first time I have personally owned my own snow machines so please forgive my ignorance.