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post #1 of 14 Old 06-06-2018, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Dead battery?

The KLR satin the garage two weeks before I pulled it out on Monday. It started like normalótook it to the edge of the driveway in 1st. . . . then it cut off. Tried to restart it and it didnít even click. Thatís when I realized nothing was on and it must be a dead battery. Plugged it into battery tender but still no power. What happened and where do I go from here?


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post #2 of 14 Old 06-06-2018, 01:32 PM
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I'll suggest that you either your battery cables are not tight or you blowed the main fuse or your battery actually died a sudden death, in that order of probabilities.

What YEAR of bike are you riding? This determines where the main fuse is located. Or check your owners handbook.
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Very rare a battery just dies lickity split. x2 on loose cables (happened to me many times on several bikes). Not sure what you mean by "Plugged it into battery tender but still no power". Do you have a volt meter laying around? You can also just take a headlight or tail light out and see if they light up from the battery. Anything 12volt will do to check for a good charge. Your horn is a good one if you have two long wires you can use.
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Itís a 2008. Iíll look into the battery cables. Thanks


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by all means check the battery connections.......but also check the main fuse as Paul said and be aware that 2008's had a recall for "wiring harnes rub through".

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Itís a 2008. Iíll look into the battery cables. Thanks


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One can go to www.kawasaki.com, then Owners Center, then key in your VIN to see if the recalls were Supposedly performed.

Whether or not the recalls were Properly Performed is a whole nother matter!

The MAIN Fuse is under the RED squeeze CAP on top of the Hi Amp starter relay, which is under the long black plastic cover next to the fuel petcock. The SPARE fuse is tucked into the rubber holster at the Bottom of the relay.
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The main fuse was blown. BUT every time I replace it and then turn the key, it blows again. ???


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There's a short somewhere; check all connections and the wiring.

https://www.usrecallnews.com/nhtsa-4321/

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Dead low beam.


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The main fuse was blown. BUT every time I replace it and then turn the key, it blows again. ???


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Check the Main Harness between the fuel tank and the coolant reservoir bracket (on RH side). That is the most common rub/pinch spot! Re-route the wire bundle above & in-front of the reservoir bracket.

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