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Brought home my 09 recon this past December. I rode it a few times in the snow, but now, it won't start with the battery. I have to pull start it. I've checked the battery cables, they are clean and tight, and the battery is sealed. I've even tried to trickle charge it. Could the battery be junk already??? Any ideas??
 

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Brought home my 09 recon this past December. I rode it a few times in the snow, but now, it won't start with the battery. I have to pull start it. I've checked the battery cables, they are clean and tight, and the battery is sealed. I've even tried to trickle charge it. Could the battery be junk already??? Any ideas??
It's possible the battery could be bad. 4-wheeler batteries tend to go bad if they sit for a long time, but it should have lasted longer than that. If you have a voltmeter, check and see how many volts it's showing. Then, try charging it overnight on the lowest setting on your charger and see if it comes up any. If it doesn't and it's showing low voltage, then I would say your battery is definitely bad.
 

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The battery on my three month old 09 recon went bad. Took the battery to the dealer. They checked it and said it was bad. They would not give me a new one until I brought the recon to the shop so they could take the battery out and check the charging system. The hastle of loading the recon and not knowing how long it would sit at the dealer until they got around to it made me angry. I stopped at the parts store and bought a new one. Have never had good luck with Yuasa batteries anyway. May be the last Honda I buy. I had put a meter on the system and the battery read 12.4v but when you touched the starter it went to 3v. After maually starting the recon it was putting out 13.6v so I know the engine was putting out a charge. The recon starts perfect with the new battery. Hondas policy just shot themselves in the foot.
 

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The battery on my son's 09 Recon he got for Christmas ran down about a month ago but this was due to him putting the machine away and forgetting to turn the key off!
I charged the battery on a 2amp charger and all is well now.

But batteries can be bad from the factory as well.
 

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Batteries will almost always show around 12v even if drained, unless they have a bad cell. Once you put a load on them the voltage will drop, but just sitting disconnected they will nearly always show 12v on a meter.

The relatively small size of these batteries leaves little room for error when starting. A car battery has so much reserve charge that they can start a car even if heavily discharged. ATV batteries don't have that much reserve so need to well maintained.
 

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Well, checked with a voltmeter. 12.4. When try to crank the machine, it drops int the toilet. When i manually start the machine, it goes up over 14 volts. I charged it for 3 hours at 2 amps. Still junk!!! I will call the dealer tomorrow and see what they say....
 

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Well, checked with a voltmeter. 12.4. When try to crank the machine, it drops int the toilet. When i manually start the machine, it goes up over 14 volts. I charged it for 3 hours at 2 amps. Still junk!!! I will call the dealer tomorrow and see what they say....
Sounds like your battery is bad, because if it's going to over 14 volts when the ATV is running, then your charging system is working.
 

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Well, I took the battery to the dealer, and they said it tested very weak. They kept it overnight and said they "cycled" it and it should be fine now. It starts now, and they did say any more problems bring it back, so I guess I am OK with what they did for now.
 

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Acid core batteries shouldn't be cycled. If it's an acid core battery, I think they are blowing smoke up your butt, but whatever.
 

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Acid core batteries shouldn't be cycled. If it's an acid core battery, I think they are blowing smoke up your butt, but whatever.
I've never heard of cycling an acid battery, either. I would say they just charged it overnight. Sometimes you can charge them overnight or 24 hours on a very low setting and they will hold a charge.
 

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Update on the battery. It works great for over a week now. I don't know what they meant by cycling or conditioning, but remember, I did try charging it at 2 amps for the day but it wouldn't even crank it over.........So....... This is what I have concluded..... It works now, It's sunny and 65 degrees....... and I'm writing this while I should be riding my Honda.... Thanks for all the posts!
 

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Update on the battery. It works great for over a week now. I don't know what they meant by cycling or conditioning, but remember, I did try charging it at 2 amps for the day but it wouldn't even crank it over.........So....... This is what I have concluded..... It works now, It's sunny and 65 degrees....... and I'm writing this while I should be riding my Honda.... Thanks for all the posts!
Yeah, as long as it's working, I wouldn't worry about it. Just ride it!!
 
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