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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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95 polaris spotsman no power with key

Just looking for some direction. 95 sportsman 400 4x4, out for a ride everything working as it should, stopped for a sec shut it off and when I tried to start it again I had no power from the key. I pull started it and returned home. Lights would get dim at idle which made me question the battery. Battery said it was at 19 volts It has a new starter and new solenoid. Took all the plastic off and I have power to the plug in the ignition (19 volts). Continuity test on ignition switch says all is fine but when I plug it back in and turn it to on all power is gone where I had it before? I'm leaning toward the battery but when I hooked it up to my car (not running) it didn't change anything. Even arcing the two post on the solenoid does nothing. I checked the fuse in the bag and I have 19 volts beyond that but I have no way of starting it and checking the battery volts because the pull cord snapped so I'm waiting on parts. Any Idea what I should do before I start throwing money at random things?
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Disconnect the battery cables and connect a car battery, garden tractor battery or any other 12 volt battery at least as physically as large or larger than the battery currently in the machine via jumper cables from the jump battery directly to the battery cables - turn the key on and if no power, wiggle the connectors on the LH handle bar switch - if that doesn't do anything, you will have to start chasing power with a meter or test light.

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Switching batteries around is something I'm gonna try today, swap my tractor Battey in and also try the battery in the tractor. Can I loop the two red together on the ignition switch plug and rule out the key switch? Seems odd that I have no power once I turn the ignition on but it comes back when in the off position. I had both the key switch and the kill switch apart and they are like new inside so I didn't think it was them but I haven't completely ruled them out.
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My initial thought is the battery @ 19 volts is damaged - without having my hands on it, I think the battery may measure 19 volts as a float charge and as soon as a draw is put on it, it drops to zero - but it is only a cyber guess - the hands on it are the ones to define the problem

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You would be correct. I spent ally time messing with he wiring because it seemed odd to me that when I turned the ignition it lost all power and I thought the stator was overcharging. So I tore the bike all apart for nothing. Hooked up the tractor battery and everything worked as it should. Super easy fix I turned into a complete year down lol. Thanks for the info haha. Best way to learn is the hard way I guess.
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