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    Default Problems with electric start

    this past weekend i took the two family quads out of our storage lot to get em ready to ride. After succsesfully starting them both using the pull start i tried usuing the elctric start. BOTH failed to start and only made a loud rapid clicking noise. I charged both batteries before trying this so i know it isn't that. i thought it could be the starter but it baffled me how both could have the exact same problem. they ran great when i put them away for the winter back in october......

    Has anyone ever experienced this??
    any help is appreciated

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    How long did you charge the batteries? Did you pull them out before putting the wheelers in storage and if not, was the storage area heated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AkHunter45 View Post
    How long did you charge the batteries? Did you pull them out before putting the wheelers in storage and if not, was the storage area heated?

    I charged the batteries overnight and i'm sure they're full. Yes i pulled them before i put the wheelers in storage however, our storage lot is outside and not heated. The batteries were kept in my heated garage at home though.

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    If you didn't put them on a trickle charge over the winter chances are they could still be bad. Start your wheelers then check the voltage on the battery while it is running, it should read roughly 13.5 volts, give or take. Check the batteries to see if they are getting hot while charging, if so then you have electrolyte level issues or the plates are contaminated. If the battery levels are low do not use tap water to fill them back up, use distilled water only. There are minerals in tap water that will contaminate your plates and ruin your battery. If all else fails go to Battery Specialist on 5th ave and have them test it.

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    You’re having problems with both batteries after charging?
    Is your battery charger ok?
    Turn on your head lights and see if they are working.
    Then add the charger, do the lights get brighter?

    Another thing running your ATV should have charge the battery. To check to see if your ATV is charging the battery. Pull start your ATV your light will be brighter with the engine running.

    My guest is both batteries are bad, can you check them with a vote meter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rutting Moose View Post

    My guest is both batteries are bad, can you check them with a vote meter?
    I would guess both batteries to be bad too, and check them with a volt meter.

    If it weren't clicking I'd suspect the starter solenoid... but that shouldn't click. A voltmeter will definitely help you chase down your problem. Are your terminals tightened up and cleaned off? Maybe you have a loose battery cable somewhere...

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    I would check all battery connections and clean the ends before anything else.

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