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Old 09-02-2018, 02:03 PM Top   #1 (permalink)
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Bought new battery cause thought that was the issue.it wasnt
The issue because the bike drained that battery as well.it will only start if jumpstarted and it only runs for a minute.im not mechanically inclined so someone please help me figure this out.i did try other batteries as well and its draining them to.its a 98 sportster

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If the battery is fine when you put it in the bike and when its running its draining the battery, then its your charging system not working or does the bike drain the battery overnight sitting in the garage doing nothing?
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Yes it dies overnight when sitting.it will run for like 20 minutes after jumpstarting.it will die but can turn key and start after it cools down but runs for short time again
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Mate I would try the easiest option first and start with your relay's they are the little black boxes in your fuse box. I have a 89 sportie and they are little silver boxes bolted to the rear guard. A relay is like a little switch and if its faulty it could leave a circuit open and drain the battery
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Ok thanks ill check relays.how do we know if they are good or bad?
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Mate I just usually buy a new one and swap it around over a couple of days till I find the faulty one. there probably is a way of testing them sounds like a Youtube search to me mate
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