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Motorcycle battery is hot

Ok, I've been working on this bike (my harley). So I'm connecting the rear turn lights and they won't light up. decided to check the battery and it's showing maybe 6 volts or so. oh, by the way, I haven't had it started since last fall. I accidentally hit the start button instead of the turn signal and the engine turns over. so I'm still tinkering with it and happen to notice the solenoid is warm and I'm thinking maybe it's still engaged so I go to remove the ground cable when I notice the battery is quite warm too. In the time it takes to disconnect the cable the battery is getting warmer, actually almost hot by now. So I get the battery out and I'm pretty sure it is still getting hotter. I'm starting to think there is a chance something bad is going on and it could blow up so I sat it outside of the garage where it is now. This is a seal cycle-tron battery from interstate and in all my years of mechanicing I don't recall ever having a battery heat up like that. I checked everything to see if it's ground somewhere but nothing.

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  • denver965 May 17, 2009

    well the battery is fine today. I put it back in but left the starter to battery wire off while I wired up the rest of the accessories. I think what happen was when I bumped the start button the drive gear stayed engaged one reason being that the battery was fully charged. with an 80" shovelhead engine that wasn't enough to complete the cranking cycle so it just hung there. not sure why the batt seemed to continue getting hotter other than just the load it had on it for a few minutes there. hopefully all will be will with it once I'm finished and actually try starting it which I hoping will be later this week. Oh,BTW, I don't know how I wound up with my subject line being a V-star 110. I have a custom built harley.

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Did it ever blow up? Could have had an internal short.. It thought you were going for the turn signals and scared the **** out of it when you hit the starter instead.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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    Ned C Cook May 19, 2009

    Makes sense to me. Well, good luck and make sure your battery drain tube is hooked up and you seat is bolted down if the baterry is under it.

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