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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-08-2008, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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98 zx6r won't start, turn over..nothing

I picked up a 98 zx6r. It doesn't start without being jumped from a car. The battery is brand new and fuses are new. When I press the ignition button I hear absolutely no sound at all, no clicking, no turning over, nothing. It's as if I am pressing something totally unrelated to the bike.

What do you guys think my problem is? What do I need to clean and or replace? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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so if u jump it, it starts?


its the battery. you say its new. but was it ever charged.
the battery is either weak, bad, or too small(low cranking amps) for the bike.

battery connections tight? they could be somewhat loose, and when you clamp the jumper cable on, it tightens them up slighty...not real likely tho...

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ya battery connections are real tight.

According to the guy I bought it off of he said the shop replaced and battery and thats it.

Do you think if I jumper it and ride it around for a bit th ebatter will charge and all will be well?
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ya battery connections are real tight.

According to the guy I bought it off of he said the shop replaced and battery and thats it.

Do you think if I jumper it and ride it around for a bit th ebatter will charge and all will be well?
no, the bike will NEVER fully charge the battery.

might pull the battery, and charge it. give it ATLEAST 5 hrs, on a low amp(2-3amp) trickle charger

do you have a voltmeter? check the battery. it should be like 12+ with the bike off. and 14.2 or so while running.
sounds like its totally dead.

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Got the bike on the trickle charger. It now turns over, neighs like a horse, but still won't start. Ideas?
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Got the bike on the trickle charger. It now turns over, neighs like a horse, but still won't start. Ideas?
i did say it start when jumped right? so you know it runs?

how long did you charge it for?
it might have enough juice to turn it over, but doesnt spin it fast enough to start.

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Nevada is right....its the battery...if you want to know for sure, trickle charge it overnight, take the battery to a local auto store and they can load test it.

If the battery voltage drops below say 9-10V when cranking, there isn't enough power to make a spark.

if a battery sits dead for a prolonged period...just a few days even, its shot...or at least will be very weak.
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No wonder...the original owner got the bike back form the shop with a new abttery then let it sit for a couple weeks... I got it bump started, but it sputtered out really fast. I also got it started with the starter button and also sputtered out. Carbs need cleaning? or the battery just needs more charge?

When he showed me the bike he had to jump start it off his car.
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its had 3-5 hours on the trickle charger...its gotta be something else other than the battery consider it seems to turn over pretty strong now.
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They solenoid and the fuel pump should be clicking even if the battery is way low.
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