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Shawnny B

clicking from solinoid on a 4 wheeler

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I grabed the parents 4 wheeler last weekend and today I went to start it and it just clicked like it was a dead batter, I went and put the charger on it @ 2 amps and with in minutes it said full, I pushed the start button again and it just clicked under the seat, I hit the winch button to bring it in and it clicked there also. Is this just a frozen solinoid or is it in need of replacement, Any suggestions?

I think I will try and drag it into the heated garage to warm it up in a little bit, but I also have a work truck problem GRRR, both my vehicals started fine today...

Thanks for any help

ShawnnyB

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I would say your battery is dead, even though your charger says full, the plates are not getting a deep charge, just a surface charge. I would recomend getting a gel sealed battery. Its been my expearence the water filled one don;t last due to rough terrain and the bouncing around you usally give a 4 wheeler. The gel in the gel filled battery stablizes the plates. You can take the battery and get it load tested,Just my oppinion, wink.gif

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If not the battery the starter is going bad. The clicking sound usually means the solenoid is working. You can some times rap on a starter with a wooden mallet to get it to work. If this does work then the starter either needs to be rebuilt, cleaned or replaced. If batt sat all year without being charged it is history and will need to be replaced.

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Shawnny

Try cleaning the battery cables and connections. It could be something as simple as a little corrosion. Pay close attention to the grounds. If you have a 12 volt test light, check for power coming to and from the solenoid.

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Thanks for the quick reply, my concern with the "starter" going out would be why does it do it when I use the winch in then? does it use the starter motor to run the winch???? confused.gif

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It may be very helpful to post this in the ATV forum. I had a problem with my Cat and the winch and when I disconnected the box that all the winch wires run to I found out that the box also has other things that connect to it.

I dont know the name for the control box for the winch but I did have it affect the starting of my wheeler.

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Thanks for all your input, Im on a waiting list now....I pulled the battery and found that dear old dad filled it with water and it appears to be a solid piece of ice, I have replaced it and waiting for it to charge, I have inspected the connections on the solinoid and all appear to be good, lets just hope its the battery!

again thanks !

ShawnnyB

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Sorry it took so long for an update, but I worked alot last week and finaly got some free time to go back out and check the wheeler yesterday, IT WORKED ..turned out it must of just been the bad battery, and maybe something on the connections as I cleaned those also. Thanks again for the responces YAll are GRRRRRRREAAT ! grin.gif

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