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post #1 of 14 Old 02-26-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Help! I plugged the battery the wrong way

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My battery on my KLR (2008) was flat after 10months without usesing it. I took the battery out for charging but when I put it back I managed to plug it the wrong way. I did not noticied it at first. I put the contact on and nothing happen. no light or starter. Then I realized that the battery was plugged the wrong way. I switched back but still, no contact or light or connection.

Please help, I have no idea what I should check now. i look at the fuse next to the battery but it is ok. Where are the other fuses?

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Yves-

Hopefully nothing bad has really happened.

the main fuse, a 20 amp, is located on top of the starter relay. It is under the black panel next to the fuel petcock and is secured with on Philips head screw. Remove that panel to access the relay.

On top of the relay is a red connector which you will have to pry off by releasing two tabs; one is at the back and one is to the outside. A bit of a bugger, I'm afraid. The fuse is under that connector.

There should be a spare in a pocket under the relay.

You should also check the battery to make sure that it is charged and has not gone completely bad. If the battery has gone bad then your charging efforts may have been in vain.

Welcome to the forum; stay in touch and let us know how it comes out.

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This is the panel you are looking for:


And this is what's underneath. Note the spare fuse under the relay:


Here are some photos of the connector and fuse. Note yours won't look quite like this - there's no engine in this frame.



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I hooked the battery up one time on my old honda...it was reverse of the KLR. Instant smoke and melted wiring. I may be totally wrong here, but I would think if the battery was charged you would have at least gotten sparks???




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I hooked the battery up one time on my old honda...it was reverse of the KLR. Instant smoke and melted wiring. I may be totally wrong here, but I would think if the battery was charged you would have at least gotten sparks???

I agree. I'm betting the battery isn't taking a charge anyway otherwise you would have had some smoking wiring. May have saved you some big $$$.


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Good writeup/pictorial on the main fuse, Tom Schmitz.



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Hi every one?

Thanks for the picture of the main fuse.

In fact, it was both the fuse and the battery that went bad. Now with a new fuse and new battery it is all good.

Thanks again

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Yves -

Glad to hear it all worked out for you.

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Hi every one?

Thanks for the picture of the main fuse.

In fact, it was both the fuse and the battery that went bad. Now with a new fuse and new battery it is all good.

Thanks again

Yves
Good to hear you figured it out and it's also appreciated that you came back to tell us how it all worked out. Seems with some people, the minute they get the info they need, they disappear, leaving those who offered advice or information wondering what ever happened and leaving the next person who might be researching the same issue learning nothing from the thread. You are to be commended.



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