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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-15-2009, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I am still a NEW Vulcan owner. I have had mine since April and only been 3k with it. Anyway, I don't know HOW OLD the battery is. That being said I drove it 2 weeks ago without issue and turned it off taking the keys out and throwing the kill switch.

It had been on a battery tender for 12V's off and on for 2 weeks prior to this day. I noticed that it was then constantly in charge mode where it would previously go to float mode. When I went to drive her the other day I noticed that NO lights came on even on the HUD. I was assuming it's the battery. I need to pick up a replacement voltmeter and jumper cables as I lost them when I sold my truck. Suggestions of potential issues?

I assumed I would check the battery with the meter first and then jump it and see what happened and check the voltage/whatever at idle to diagnose bad connections draining power? I am out of my area of expertise with this. Thanks!
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When you took the keys out, did you turn the key to the OFF position first? Just wondering if you had a battery drain the whole time you were charging.

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You need to replace the battery, a bad battery can fry the charging system. Do not use a flooded wet cell battery, use a MF AGM. You can order one in the link below or get a ETX15L @ Advance Auto Parts.

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Make sure that when you left the bike the ignition switch was in OFF position. This bike has a "PARK" position which leaves the marker lights on. That will drain your battery. The other thing you can do is disconnect the + wire off the battery and put an ammeter in the line to see if there is any current being drained from the battery when the ignition switch is off.

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The bike was OFF. No lights were on and I did my standard "turn the key all the way to the left with the handlebars locked, remove the key, and push the kill switch" procedure. I will get another battery. Is the Ebay price the best price on the MF AGM battery? Or is it close at Auto Zone or Advance?

You guys also recommended an ammeter? I know ohm-meters and voltmeters somewhat. Is this similar or the same? What would you recommend and where can I get it? Thanks!!!

OH! And it's an '87. If the battery is as fresh as the fluids (looked like they'd NEVER been changed) then I know it's the battery. I do want to ensure that I am not draining power anywhere.

The battery was also warm not hot when I disconnected the charger. Hopefully that was just from where it was charging? I don't know. Again, thanks!

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You can't buy at Autozone only Advance, make suure it is the ETX15L. It will cost about $18.00 more @ Advance vs. Ebay.


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You can't buy at Autozone only Advance, make suure it is the ETX15L. It will cost about $18.00 more @ Advance vs. Ebay.
With tax it is closer to $19.00. However, it does come with a warranty at the auto parts store. I didn't see anything about that on the ebay site. I will prolly go with the Advance battery. You have to give them your old one or get an additional fee. I haven't understood that.
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With tax it is closer to $19.00. However, it does come with a warranty at the auto parts store. I didn't see anything about that on the ebay site. I will prolly go with the Advance battery. You have to give them your old one or get an additional fee. I haven't understood that.
They are the same battery and carry a 1 year free replacement warranty from East Penn Manufacturing.

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CUSTOM PAINT
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DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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So I should just buy it online and save $19? Sounds good to me. I wasn't sure about the warranty or customer service from an Ebayer. Thanks!
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