atv help...calling all my mechanic buddies!

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  1. GlOcKnRaM

    GlOcKnRaM Senior Member

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    Well once again im working on the old beast! Its a 1997 Honda Foreman 400. I went out the other day to start it and it wouldnt turn over. Almost like the battery didnt have enough juice to turn over the stater. I have a video of the noise it makes and if needed Ill upload it, but it just makes a ticking noise coming from the battery and starter. Its seems I have a bad ground somewhere draining the battery or a bad starter?? Before replacing the battery and solenoid we used to have to keep it on a charger for it to start. Replacing these two fixed it for about a month, now its back to the same old problem. Any help would be appreciated, as when it comes to electrical Im a little rusty.
     
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    I had an issue like that on my streetbike. It would just tick like trying to turn over. Then if I jumped it it would run as normal but then the gauges would stay on even after the key and off button were off. It ended up being A LOT of corrosion on one of the wiring harnesses (took me days going through wiring). Doubt it's something like that The honda 300/400 foremans were beasts. Does it have a pull start or am I going crazy?

    No exaggeration my grandfathers 1989 300 would sit all year with sea foam in the tank you could go outside and kick it a couple of times and ride it like nothing ever changed.

    Maybe try a trickle charger for a few days.

    Goodluck man
     
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    I would check all the wiring, connectors, plugs, etc for corrosion. Get some dielectric grease handy and use it after checking when you reconnect stuff.

    In the meantime, I would install a switch on the battery to make sure I can shut it off when stored.
     
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    I just went through an entire rebuild on a foreman 400. Sounds like you have something draining the battery. I have the manual on my computer if you send me your email I can email it to you.
     
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    GlOcKnRaM Senior Member

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    That would be awesome..its [email protected].

    I went to auto zone this morning to test the battery and starter and they were fine! So its got to be something draining the battery, or a short/ bad connection somewhere.
     
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    GlOcKnRaM Senior Member

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    They are beasts! Besides this issue, I can always rely on it! It does have a pull start, and that does work..just takes more pulls than I'd like lol..its easier to just press a button!
     
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    its defiantly the wiring. Just check everything maybe a voltmeter would help but you have something draining the battery.... I dout its a short.
     

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