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The starter is just clicking. I charged the battery and it would crank but it doesnt keep a charge long. there are some wires under the seat that appear to be burnt. would the wires have something to to with the charging system.

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  • spud86 Apr 10, 2011

    The wires are yellow. There are three of them and they connect under the seat.

  • spud86 Apr 10, 2011

    The wires are yellow. There are three of them and they connect under the seat.



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What colour wires are these, and can you see where they come from, sounds like the discharged battery is the starting issue ie clicking

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