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I have a '97 Foreman 400 and when I turn the key no indicator lights come on. I just bought a new battery and still no green "neutral" light comes on. A fan does begin to run and the "hour" meter blinks; but no lights and no clicking sounds.
Please help!!
 

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Well, first things to look at are the basics just in case. Rock the bike and make sure it is actually in neutral. Check the kill switch on the handlebar, make sure it is working and that it is in the run position. Check the fuses in the fuse box one at a time & look for any corrosion in the terminal sockets. Check the negative (ground) cable where it bolts to the motor next to the starter, make sure the connection is tight with no corrosion. Make sure the battery cables are bolted on snugly. There is more you can do but you need to find out why your neutral indicator light isn't coming on... it won't crank over until that works.

You can get a copy of the service manual HERE to use for reference while you work on it.

Keep your new battery charged up as you work too. If you have a small trickle charger hook it up for a while to be sure the battery is charged. Don't hook up a big battery charger like you'd use on a car though, it can overwhelm your low capacity ATV battery.

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Usually when the fan comes on right away on those machines means the battery is connected backwards, but I'm sure you checked that.
 
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check the little black box near the battery, has a large red wire going in, and coming out, open the lid, under it, is a fuse that looks like a open end wrench, see if it's broken in the middle ?, if so ?, take the spare fuse out of the lid you popped open, the fuse has a small screw at each end that holds the fuse in, loosen the screws, slide fuse out, replace, see if that solves your problem ?.
 

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I made sure it was in neutral and the kill switch was in run position. Checked ask the fuses and the connections to the fuse box. Still fan runs but no neutral indicator light. Are there any other fuse boxes other than the one at the battery location? Any other suggestions?
 

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Double check that you hooked your new battery up correctly, as sabre54 suggested. Positive (+) cable from the battery goes to one of the large posts on the solenoid, Negative (-) cable on battery grounds to the motor near the starter.

Is this a pre-existing condition, or did this suddenly happen when you put a new battery in it?
 

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I checked the battery and yes, it is installed correctly. The 4 wheeler was running fine, then one day just stopped starting. We were able to jump it off with cables for about a month then it wouldn't jump anymore. That's when i purchased the new battery.
 

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Are you handy with a multimeter? Got one? I think troubleshooting it will be your next step. Begin in the starting section of the FSM, the steps go in order like a flow chart.
 

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Is there a chance that the jumper cables were ever momentarily hooked up wrong? Check this diode out before continuing:

 

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Beck , have you had that atv a long time, the reason I ask is a friend called me today with one for sale , it is a 98 400 and I seen it in his garage and asked about it a few months back and he calls today and says he would sell it for $1,800 , it runs and looks great , one owner in a garage all it's life , and I know this guy it was serviced cause every thing he has is pristine , needs rear brake work , it has racks on back and front , floor boards , gun racks , new battery , 4 new OEM take off tires and rims from the dealership

what do you think , good bike ? decent price ?
 

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Beck , have you had that atv a long time, the reason I ask is a friend called me today with one for sale , it is a 98 400 and I seen it in his garage and asked about it a few months back and he calls today and says he would sell it for $1,800 , it runs and looks great , one owner in a garage all it's life , and I know this guy it was serviced cause every thing he has is pristine , needs rear brake work , it has racks on back and front , floor boards , gun racks , new battery , 4 new OEM take off tires and rims from the dealership

what do you think , good bike ? decent price ?
Fish I have owned my 99 400 foreman since new, its been bullet proof of a machine, and I have NOT been kind to it most of its life
I would love to find another one near me in great shape and a decent price!
if this 97 is in good condition and well cared for, its a very solid atv!
draw back however to you might be, it doesn't fit BIG tires very well
25 rub the front inner fenders, unless you add a lift.
NOT that fender liners cannot be removed, just saying, there made for the silly 24's that came with it LOL

its a lower geared atv too, but I love mine, if honda made them again, I'd buy two!
from 95-2003 I think there all pretty much the exact same, early one's just didn;t have hr meter or speedo or the likes,?? rest is the same !
 

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Fish, my machine has been a dandy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody. They are workhorse machines and even when not babied, mine has been a fine atv.
 

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Thanks for the heads up BB and Beck , I would think the 400 must be very similar to the 450 , this one would not be for me but a good friend that has been looking for something , it is in his price range and very clean and well kept , one owner , only used to hunt with and garage kept is a biggie , I don't know if this one has a speedo , it's a 99 , it is 4x4 all the time , I don't know anyone that has this model at this time
 

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Fish if its a 99, its the same yr as mine and yes it will have full gauges, speedo/hr/mile
mine has been worth every penny I paid
as for being like the 450 yes, but its on a slightly smaller chassis, if you park the two side by side, there is a good 3+ inches in height between the two
the 400 is maybe a in between size between a 300 and a 450, in physical size and power
some simple mods are to place 400 rear shocks on the front, and then get 450 front shocks and place on the rear, that lifts the 400 about 2 inches , in a pretty simple way!
for more power, they used to swap 450 heads on top of the 400's, if anyone wanted to do that, that gets you the little gain in power the 450's have in a rather easy deal

Only issue's I have had with mine since new, have been one rear axle, due to a bad wheel/axle seal letting water in
a few yrs back I started getting a odd running issue I couldn't figure out,m took to deal, and ended up being a bad CDI, this happened after a buddy borrowed my atv and left it idle for 5+ hrs?? he went inside and forgot he left it running????? URGH? some people??

I tore both front axle CV boots, and just replaced whole axles, due to I found new one's cheap, and figured why not just replace whole axles, old one's are still fine LOL


other than that,just basis PM's
and again, I am NOT easy on this ATV, its been used and abused most of its life, way past over worked at times, and just runs great!


I never opted for the warn 424, to get it part time 4x4, as I don't find it hard to steer at all, normally be driving it with just one arm too!
and tire wear is very little in difference, maybe an 1/8 inch difference from front to back, after about 10 yrs on the tires one it now, riding on pavement, dirt, gravel , mud ,snow ice, you name it, so, heads up, might be easier yet to steer in 2x4, but its not that bad in 4x4
 

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So beck' , did you test for power at each fuse , I have a 450 and it had wire damage on the back side of the fuse box , I had to cut the wires and install a fuse holder for one of the fuses holders ------- also as Retro referred to the diode , when I got my atv the diode was missing and they had it wired up with a toggle switch , the fan would come on with the key switch , since I replaced the diode and wired everything , except for the fan in my case as I have it wired to a switch , it starts up with the button
 

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Seems like a nice atv , right in between the 300 and the 450 , I passed it on to a couple of friends today , and hope someone gets it as it seems like a cherry deal to me being I know the guy well and he says he never had any problems with it
 
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