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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Battery Problems

My 2003 Sportsman 700's battery is giving me problems. Last night i charged my battery and it read 12.9 volts. 5 mins later it read 12.5. This morning I turned the key so that the speedo would turn on. The battery icon was flashing meaning it was either dead or i should check it. So i got the volt meter out and it read 9.5 volts. Any suggestions.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 09:19 AM
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How old is the battery? Sounds like it is at the end of its life.
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Just got the battery last year

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.Modified Front Brush Guard
.Rear Brush Guard
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
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.52 in. Snow Plow
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
.Polaris Rear Brush Guard
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 09:34 AM
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I would replace it. If it is only a year old you should have some warranty on it.

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I would but there was no warranty on it

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.Modified Front Brush Guard
.Rear Brush Guard
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
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.52 in. Snow Plow
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
.Polaris Rear Brush Guard
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Well a junk battery does you no good, once they eat their pigs there is no help for them. Did it freeze over the winter?

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I'm gonna have to think it froze because thats my only option

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.Modified Front Brush Guard
.Rear Brush Guard
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
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.52 in. Snow Plow
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
.Polaris Rear Brush Guard
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Did the battery sit unused and uncharged over winter for a few months? If so, its done.
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Its done then and a new battery costs over a 100 dollars

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.Modified Front Brush Guard
.Rear Brush Guard
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
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.52 in. Snow Plow
.2500 lb. Warn Winch
.Polaris Rear Brush Guard
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-09-2011, 10:07 AM
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Yes they do. Sorry. Your battery sounds like it has sufated with that much of a drop and wont be back to serve you anymore. Powersports batteries are expensive because a little unit has to put out a lot of power compared to way oversized car batteries.

Read this thread I wrote, so this will not happen again to you. It will explain everthing you just went through.

>>Preventative Battery Maintence

You should be getting 4-6 years on average from a battery if you follow the steps in the link above.
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