DEAD! Nothing! No electrical power!
2003 Sportsman 500 HO. Turn key to start nothing, no head lights, no display, no solenoid click, nothing! I can pull start it just fine. I jumped the 2 large studs on solenoid and the starter engages. I have voltage at the top stud of solenoid from battery but no voltage going to the starter. Checked continuity on the wire from starter to bottom of solenoid and it's good. Starter does show it has a ground. There is 1 small terminal on the solenoid, it has 1 small wire attached - white with red stripe - it has some kind of link connection that appeared to be bent, as I inspected it and carefully tried to straighten it out it broke in two, so I jumped the 2 broken halves and still nothing. I found 2 connections under the front cover in a black bag, I assume these are the circuit breakers people talk about. I have no voltage going in or out of these 2 items. I think I located in front of the radiator the voltage regulator, thin black box with 4 wires going in and out. I checked the red wire going in for voltage - zero. I unplugged both connectors on the handle bar run switch area, cleaned them all up on both sides & reconnected , still nothing. I am frustrated/ tired/ lost/ confused at this point! Is there a breaker circuit/fuse near the battery?? I think before I gave up I put meter on continuity 1 last time, went from battery negative to the solenoid studs and it beeped, which really through me for a loop. Is it possible all my problems are just a bad solenoid? Is the solenoid even bad based on what I've told you? Do I have 2 problems? Can all of this be a bad fuse/circuit breaker that I haven't located yet? Any help to this confused old man would be greatly appreciated. Anyone have a wiring diagram for this unit, but I am not sure if I am capable of even following it through, but I can't give up, I have to keep trying something. We don't have the $$ to take it to a shop to get fixed!!