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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Problems starting with new battery

I just got a new battery (YB14L-A2 12 volt ) in March, I usually ride a lot to work almost daily, Since having the new battery I've had to drain some fluid out to make the levels right two times. I don't know if the heat in Texas is causing the fluid inside to expand and go above the high mark.

I was giving the battery another chance,rode every day last week no prob. and today had to get a jump to get home from work. I never had trouble with the last battery up until I got this new one. Could it be something besides the battery?

I was trying to avoid a trip to the dealer... and wonder if another option is to get the battery checked at Auto Zone or somewhere.

Any thoughts? Please help, thanks!
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Your r/r may be bad. It may be over charging cousing the batt to boil over. Check charging system. If high 14's volts and above. I would replace r/r.

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and if that is not a maintenance free battery I would return it or exchange it for one if possible

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HOLD ON! Way too early to replace R/R. I have a perfect battery that's 14.5 VDC when running at 3000 RPM. More likely your new battery is defective.

i don't think Autozone will load test motorcycle batteries. I tried them and Discount Auto Parts once, and neither would. But they can check the battery and tell you if a cell is dead or something. I would be cautious using that battery if it looks like it's swelling. Could be your vent tube is blocked/kinked or the outlet to the vent tube is blocked by a plastic chad or something (remember "chads" from the Florida presidential election!). Without hessitation I would say try to return the battery and buy a glass mat maintenance free battery. You will be much happier and safer with it.

You can check your R/R and stator by following the instructions in prior posts here on this forum.

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I'm having a problem envisioning a scenario where she has had to remove fluid from the battery to correct the levels. And not once, but twice. Yes, overcharging could cause fluid to boil out, but once the bike has sat for any length of time, the fluid level should be BELOW where it started out, not higher. Maybe I'm missing something?

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Thanks for all the advice, I am trying to get a refund and new maintenance free battery from the place I ordered. I think after work I'll go buy a volt meter and testing the wires. I am hoping it's nothing but the battery

The bike sat for a few years before I bought it but I've had the carb rebuilt, clutch cable adjusted, real wheel oil repacked and everything has run smooth with some help from Sea Foam (sometimes the bike hesitates a little without the sea foam...) Other than that it runs strong until this battery issue which started with the new battery! Not sure when the last battery was put in but had no problem with that battery since Jan 08 when purchased.

Thanks Again, I love this website and all the helpful riders!!
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Were the rear splines on the driveshaft lubed? Lot of bikes came off the line with absolutely no moly grease.

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Melissa, I have an older MF battery that I took out of my bike a few months ago just because it was three years old, but was still working. I'd be glad to give it to you to try. Let me know and I'll put it on the tender. It still holds a charge, but I wouldn't depend on it long term, just because of its age. Let me know!

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Fergy, Thanks for the offer on the battery! I just got confirmation they are going to give me a refund to go towards a better maint. free replacement and ship it today!!
I'm happy with that and if down the road there is trouble, I'll worry about the r/r

Flitecontrol, My driveshaft did have grease, it was leaking everywhere which the dealer said happens, but since the bike was older I wanted to be sure I knew there was grease in there, so just had it repacked so I can monitor it. Since then, it hasn't leaked.

Next thing I want to do is have the front forks resealed and lowered in the process, but don't want to pay for that yet they aren't sticking or anything but there is a little rust and I hear the Progressives are a nice improvement!

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One thing I think is weird, the green neutral light came on when I turned the key but the bike kept trying to start with no luck, it wouldn't turn over. After charging the battery I always got it to start which is why I think it was the battery not having enough charge...
Is that possible?

I am receiving the new maint free battery Friday and I don't want to kill this one because of a bike issue and not a battery issue because they won't refund a second time!
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