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Changed battery on 76 fxe shovel and now theres no lights and wont start by electric or kick , machanic mentioned it was blowing relays and had dead/low battery ( i thought relays auto reset?)

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If you still have the old battery see if it can be charged put it back on and try that. If the same thing happens it's not the battery.It's a new problem that happened when you put the new battery on. CK voltage on new battery, check battery fluid, leave battery on charger overnite, then try it. I had a battery that showed full charge then would discharge real fast. Replaced battery and now it works fine. Even a NEW battery can be bad.

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