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Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
I tried firing up the Roadie today, but she was unusually slow-cranking and before long started to smell electric-hot. When I took off the seat I could see the positive battery connection arcing when I cranked on the starter. The post melted enough that I had to replace the battery altogether. After a search in the clinic forum, I found that this happens when the connection screw isn't tight enough and the rectangular nut is loose. So here's a heads up for you guys as you start your spring maintenece- check those connections- it just might save you a hundred bucks that would be better spent on leather and chrome.
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Thanks churchdog. Always like these heads-ups but really hate to see how you find them.
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Thanks for the info. Better check mine tomorrow...
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Same thing happened to me a few weeks back. Seat off, turn key and hit starter, sparks from positive battery terminal. Figured it out to be a loose connection.
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
churchdog wrote:
I tried firing up the Roadie today, but she was unusually slow-cranking and before long started to smell electric-hot. When I took off the seat I could see the positive battery connection arcing when I cranked on the key. The post melted enough that I had to replace the battery altogether. After a search in the clinic forum, I found that this happens when the connection screw isn't tight enough and the rectangular nut is loose. So here's a heads up for you guys as you start your spring maintenece- check those connections- it just might save you a hundred bucks that would be better spent on leather and chrome.

thanks for the headsup
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Thanks for the heads up Churchdog!!! Sorry to hear it though...
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Glad to help. I seem to learn all my lessons the hard way.
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Bummer about your battery. I think I will pull the seat and check my connections.
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Happened to me on my negative post. Couldn't figure why my battery wouldn't keep a charge... then I saw the sparks. About 30% of the post evaported. Still, enough to bite the nut and screw down firm on what remained and haven't had an issue. It still amazes me how little time it took to destroy so much.

Great advice... add this to your maintenance check!
 
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Re:Melted battery post 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
there should be a better way to lock those post screws down...pulled my battery yesterday and my negative post was loose..im going to use some sort of lock nut when it goes back in.. an aircraft locknut or something..
 
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