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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-28-2010, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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I just recieved a 93 vn 750 from a friend who passed away. It had not been ridden in a while. In my eagerness to get it going I tried several times to start it while connected to a charger. It would start and then choke out. But now I just get a single click from near the battery when I hit the start button. Did I fry the starter? Help! I am eager to ride in his memory.
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I thought the same thing when I got my '93, but it ended up being the battery. The click you hear is coming from near the fuse box I assume? That's your solenoid.

I would get the battery checked before you look at the starter.

Check the thread on no maintenance battery's if you do end up having to replace it.

Edit: Also, to clarify, I got mine started originally too, but with the bike idling, your not actually recharging the battery, just draining it. Vulcan's tend have really weak electrical systems (You'll learn as you read through this). Have Autozone/AAP/Whoever test the Batt for yea.

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Thanks, will pull the battery and get it looked at.
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If you get a new one, get a maintenance free, absorbed glass mat battery. They have more CCAs, won't leak battery acid on your frame and electronics, and last longer. If you haven't already put fresh gas in it, do so. Add 6-8 ounces of Sea Foam to the first couple of tanks to help clean any carb deposits. Change the oil too, and lube the drive splines with Honda Moly 60 if you don't know when they were lubed last. Find find a post by member fergy and look in his signature for the spline lube procedure. Look in the Vulcan Verses section of the forum and OlHossCanada's signature for additional tips/suggestions.

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Welcome to the Vulcan madnees Norm.

If you have an adjustable charger, charge the battery up at the lowest setting, 1 1/2 or 2 amps for several hours before taking it in to be checked.
It needs to be fully charged to get an accurate test.

DON`T USE A HIGH AMPERAGE AUTOMOTIVE CHARGER, OR YOU WILL COOK THE BATTERY AND SHORT IT OUT INTERNALLY.

The battery in the vn750 is nominally rated at 14 amp hours (AH)
When charging any battery you want to do it at ~10% of its rated capacity. In this case 1.4 amps.

Last summer I was trying to resurrect my wet cell and charged it up to 13+ volts. When I put it back in the bike and tried to start it, one touch of the starter button and the battery dropped to ~7 volts.

I have a MF-AGM battery in now, and it fired up with ~ 5-10 seconds cranking after sitting for over a year.

I think lance328 has posted a link to Deka MF batteries online for about $55.

X2 to Seans suggestion to read the battery thread at the top of the electrical forum. I think there is one in the Vulcan Verses too.

If the wet cell is the least bit questionable when tested, replace it with a MF-AGM. It will save you much aggravation and frustration with no start situations.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-01-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well it is definatly my starter, a washer came loose inside and arched it or something. I might have goosed the battery as well. I had it hooked up to the jumstart function on the charger. I have a battery maintainer and will begin using that. Have a starter coming this week so hopefully I can ride next week.
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I'd be happy to take a look at your fried starter. Might be something simple to fix, and it's always good (as you now know!) to have a spare sitting around. PM me if you want to see if it's fixable.

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I'd be happy to take a look at your fried starter. Might be something simple to fix, and it's always good (as you now know!) to have a spare sitting around. PM me if you want to see if it's fixable.
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I have never had Cindy rebuild a starter for me but I know enough about her work to put 100% trust in her to do it right the first time. I'd take her up on the offer.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 09:33 AM
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Ahh, that sucks. At least switching it out is pretty easy.

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