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NOT So Maintenance-Free Battery

Yesterday, while driving down the road, my VN750 started to sputter, the tachometer went crazy and she died. No electrical power at all. I pulled the seat and noticed that the negative battery connection was not connected at all. It was just sitting on top of the terminal. I screwed it back on and everything was back to normal.

The irony is I just replaced the batter with an AGM maintenance-free one about 6 months ago (install it myself, so I know the connections were tight), the dealer did a full service 1 month ago (said they tested the battery) and I was driving home from the dealer at the time (had them burp the oil filter). I find it hard to believe that the connection would completely work its way loose over the last month, given that I've only ridden it a few miles. My guess is that the dealer load tested the battery during last month's service and never reconnected the negative terminal. I also don't think that they prefilled the oil filter (causing the oil light to come on intermittently). Not sure that I'll be heading back to them for my next service!

I miss my garage (live in an apartment now) and the ability to do my own vehicle maintenance. Now I'm forced to double check everyone else’s work!

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I have to chuckle when I see motorcycle ads that say- "always dealer serviced" or "recent dealer service".

That just doesn't really mean all that much.

Glad it was an easy fix for you, even through the aggravation.
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I miss my garage (live in an apartment now)
I hear ya there! Since moving in with my girlfriend, I have to keep my bike at my folks house if I wanna keep it in a heated garage.
Kinda makes it tough to just be able to get out and ride whenever the urge is there!

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Apartment living SUCKS but being one that used to live in a few it's still doable to service ones own vehicles. Just do it fast and be outta there before the apt. managers arrives...lol. Better than any dealers doing my work for me.

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i hear ya apartment living does suck. i had a few in my days. im lucky, i moved in with my girl and have my gym setup and vn in the garage all year round. so when it snows or frosts i be sure to clean her car windows for her sacrfice of leaving her honda accord in the driveway.
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I have to chuckle when I see motorcycle ads that say- "always dealer serviced" or "recent dealer service".

That just doesn't really mean all that much.

Glad it was an easy fix for you, even through the aggravation.
I'd deffinatly have to look twice if the ad said "Never been dealer serviced". I'd know the bike was taken care of. =)
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i never used a dealer. sounds like there pretty bad
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i never used a dealer. sounds like there pretty bad
Well its like this, if an 18yr old graduates from High School and has taken a year of auto mechanic classes allot of dealers will hire them on the spot. Does that give you a better idea?

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About checking the AGM motor battery:

My Sears DieHard AGM died hard a few weeks ago. Took it to Sears, had it checkout, it tested OK on a load tester designed for car batteries. I was lucky, the manager trusted me when I told him the cells were not putting out enough amps to turn over the engine. He exchanged it anyway and everything works.

A wet cell battery is easier to check with a Hydrometer to identify dead cells.

Good luck with dealers...

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