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My new (82 Aspencade) to me (2wks) wing won't turn over. I thought (hoped) it was the battery but it tested ok (but only 11 volts). I want to jump start it but the bike shop tech said not to jump from a car (my only source).

Can anyone say if jumper cables from a car (enging on/off) will do damage to my electrical system?

Any help is appreciated. I want to try one last option before I pull the starter.:11brown:
 

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Greetings,

You didn't mention how old your existing battery is. If it's several years old, skip the next paragraph and read the one line below. BTW, even fairly new batteries can fail.

Bad news first. Your battery, if recently charged is only showing 11v, is toast. A fully charged battery will read above 13v. As far as jump starting, connect the black to a ground on the frame and then the red to the positive post on the bike battery. Then do the same on the car. Just don't have the car running when you do this as it's not necessary. Then start the bike. As long as you have the cables hooked up correctly, you won't damage your bike. Hook 'em up backwards and you'll be replacing a lot of stuff.:X

Personally, I'd just go get a new battery and save yourself grief down the road.

Hope you get up and running soon.

BTW, after you get it started, you really ought to consider replacing the timing belts A.S.A.P. if you can't verify how many miles/years they have on them. Do a search on timing belts and you can read why.

Regards,

Hobie
 

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Hobie 1 - many thanks for the reply. I did get it jump started and now believe it is the battery and not the starter. I'm relieved about that but now concerned about your comment on the timing belts. Darn, I just wanted to ride. Are you aware of any "symptoms" on timing belts needing replacement?

Thanks again.

-Ray
 

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Well, glad to be of help. :)I'm happy you didn't have to pull the starter. As far as the timing belts, the symptom of a bad one is that when they break, you bend valves, break pistons, so on and so forth. They don't make any noise as they go bad, they just break. Boom, bye bye engine.

Fortunately, they are readily available at Napa, Autozone and the like and aren't all that expensive. Look in the tech tips area of this forum and there is a very well written and illustrated tutorial on how to do it yourself, if you're somewhat mechanically inclined. I've done it myself and it's more time consuming than difficult.

Good luck onyour project!! I know it's terribly tempting to get on and ride, but take the time to make this bike last you along time.

Regards,

Hobie
 
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