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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2007, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I was riding home from work and stopped at the mini-mart. Came out and could not start. The battery wound down to nothing. I was able to get it rolling and it started but sputtered and ran on one cylinder til I got her home. Popped the seat and found my negative battery terminal had loosened up. (The battery is about 1 year old Yuasa MF). Tightened it up, put the battery tender on and got a green light after about six hours. Rode to work today with no problem. My questions are:

1. Do you think running the battery down shortens the life or affects how long it will hold a charge?

2. What do you think about using a small dab of blue Loctite?

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I do not think a few times of running down the battery has any real affect on the battery. Plus the blue lock tight might affect a good contact with the negative lead.

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You are not the first one who has had the battery terminals loosen up on their own. Instead of locktight, which may cause future problems with loosening or contact, you may want to get a small locking washer to put on the terminal bolt. If possible the kind with 'fins' instead of the offset would probably work best. And, it would probably help make contact better.

Just a thought.

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I have had battery terminals loosen up on a bike. The main problem was I didn't tighten it up enough in the first place. I had gotten lazy and used screw driver and another time I had just used a plier. When I have used a socket I have not had problems

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