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No power I checked my connections and they seem good. A couple of times the lights have come on for some reason. Then I try to start and solinoid just clicks. After that the power goes away. Is my solinoid the problem?

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  • mjrhodes7018 Sep 26, 2009

    I have it sitting on a charger now and it says fully charged. Even with the charger hooked to the battery I still get no power.


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Check your battery. Volt check is ok but ... you should check with hydrometer. Below 10 volts ... give it a charge with a small charger. If you can take it to a auto parts place, they can probably advise you better.

Let me know if this helps ...


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