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Old 12-22-2009, 02:47 PM
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has anyone had trouble keeping their ATV battery's charged during cold weather? i leave mine sit outside under a metal carport, it has electric shift and a winch to run the plow. i can use a jump pack to start it but it won't hold a charge to even shift it? the battery was bought from advance auto in November could it be a bad battery?
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:43 PM
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you could get a battery tender, it will hold the charge at 100% without overcharging. what type of battery is it? our deep cycles on our boat sometimes need water added, maybe the freezing and thawing of water messed with the battery?
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:55 PM
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i'm not sure on brand of the battery but it sits in the metal building beside my truck. can the idea of it sitting for weeks at a time hurt it? i know a auto battery sit for weeks with no problems?
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:56 PM
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my step dads ATV hardly will hold a charge in warm weather! we have bought a few batterys for it and it wont do anything. my stepdads yamaha grissly 600 is a battery killer
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:00 PM
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my step dads ATV hardly will hold a charge in warm weather! we have bought a few batterys for it and it wont do anything. my stepdads yamaha grissly 600 is a battery killer
does the grizzly have electric shift? i can take the battery completely out and it still runs and shifts if i have it revved up.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:03 PM
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im not sure its a auto but it seems like it doesnt shift at all just stays in one gear
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:06 PM
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batteries do go bad when just sitting for weeks. i had a small boat that used a battery for electric start, it would die after like a week. our bigger boat uses two batteries for starting, and the 2nd battery in the circuit never holds a charge. best bet to keeping it fully charged at a moments notice is the http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CITK8S/ref=asc_df_B000CITK8S990338?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=googlecom09c9-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B000CITK8S
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I've had problems with my motorcycle batteries dying on me, so I did just what Surfer is recommending, and bought a battery tender. No problems since. I hard wired mine, so that I can just plug into the harness in the bike, instead of having to use clamps.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:29 PM
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It sounds more like you have an alternator problem. The alternator should be charging the battery from the startup and supplying power to the electric devices. If the alternator isn't supplying power, then your battery is going to be toast.

Of course, I'm assuming the thing has an alternator?
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:13 PM
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We've never really had a problem with ours... bought 4 Hondas in 01-02 and the batteries on 'em started going out in '08... I think some of 'em are still original but it also doesn't get at cold here... and ours are stored in garages
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:15 PM
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It sounds more like you have an alternator problem. The alternator should be charging the battery from the startup and supplying power to the electric devices. If the alternator isn't supplying power, then your battery is going to be toast.

Of course, I'm assuming the thing has an alternator?
it has to be producing some type of electrical supply because i can run it without a battery even in it. but it don't produce enough to shift it without it being revved up a little. (it's electric shift) 07 honda rancher.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:30 PM
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If the battery is easy access, you could just disconnect the negative cable when you are not using it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:34 PM
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If the battery is easy access, you could just disconnect the negative cable when you are not using it.
thought about that but you have to tear half the thing apart to get to it under the seat and rear fenders.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:35 PM
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If its been running for a while, can you shut it off and restart it with the battery? If not, I would conclude that the battery is just toast. A shot battery will me a major load on your alternator and explain why other things don't work right.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:44 PM
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If its been running for a while, can you shut it off and restart it with the battery? If not, I would conclude that the battery is just toast. A shot battery will me a major load on your alternator and explain why other things don't work right.
if the battery is charged enough so i can get it in gear then i can run for a while and it will restart but it cranks slow then fires right up.

the thing that sucks is the electric winch and the electric shifter on it if it wasn't for that i wouldn't mind using the jump pack once then let it run.
i put it in my grandfather's heated garage tonight to see if it holds a charge . i set the charger to run till 10 pm and shut off that was around 8:30-8:45?
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