Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: greater Vancouver BC
2011 battery not charging?
Bought a 2011 a few weeks ago, rode it home from seller in the Bay Area down to Los Angeles, been riding it a bit for the past 3 weeks. PO put an LED voltmeter on, and most of the time at decent speeds it was a healthy green. Turning ignition on and starting it was never a problem.
Had it out Monday. Starting it after work, once or twice it didn't do the all-lights-on both-needles-sweep thing, just put the two dashboard turn signals on, start button turned off headlights but didn't start. But 3rd or 4th time it started OK.
Riding it to Autozone to get oil for an oil change, saw the voltmeter light never went green. Couldn't start it at Autozone at all, but they gave me a boost from a loose battery so I could get home. Took the long way home on some interstates so I could get up to speed, voltmeter never went green, wouldn't start after I parked at home.
I was already planning on taking it in to a mechanic for some other bits of work, so I could get them to track this down and fix it. But is there anything that could be causing this that's stupid simple that I could do, or at least check, myself? (I can do some wrenching myself, but I'm totally new to the Wee and haven't gotten a Clymer or Haynes with a wiring diagram yet.)
I haven't had a chance to put a meter to the battery and see what it does when it's standing there vs. when I turn it on vs. when I press the Start button. But I'll do that tonight. I noticed a loose wire under the seat, but it was just for the USB port that PO put in, so that can't be it.
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