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I have a 1995 honda shadow 1100 and when the weather dips to cold it won't start. The first two or three cranks it sounds like it just won't catch, but you can hear it getting weaker. After 2 more tries there's no action at all but the light's and everything still work. Connect the battery to a trickle charger and everything works. This only happens when it gets cold and I've taken the battery in only to be told it seems fine. Any ideas?

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  • lectivus Nov 15, 2008

    I have a 

    Cycle-Tron High Performance - 210 CCA - 16 AH (HYB16A-AB)
    thanks for the help and anything you can tell me.

  • lectivus Nov 24, 2008

    Just a quick add-on, my battery still measures 12 volts off and 13.02 while running so I can't believe its the battery.



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What we need to find out is if the battery cold cranking amps are just too small.
can you give me the battery model number and i can check it.

and one quick way to see is use your jumper cables from your car and jump start it and see if it starts then and how it turns over.
let me know how you do
later paul

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

  • paul erickson
    paul erickson Nov 16, 2008

    recomended battery for northern climate

    Power Source® Model #WPZ14S

    Volts: 12
    CCA: 250

    Ahr: 11.2

    Length in.: 6.00

    Width in.: 3.43

    Height in.: 4.38

    Weight Lbs.: 8.8

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    paul erickson Nov 24, 2008

    ok with your volt meter check your voltage while cranking the engine over thsi is where youwill see the cold cranking power of your battery and from the voltage while running it looks like your charging system is working fine.

    your starting voltage shoudnt drop below 10 volts

    good luck

    let me know what that voltage is





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