Battery troubles ? Anyone.

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  1. Jim Cherry

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    I am having troubles with my battery and my lights have been going haywire ! When I have tried to charge it, my red trouble light will come on. ( On my charger that is.) Just want to know how many have had electrical issues on their Indian Scout Sixty's. Thanks, and God Bless..
     
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    Can you be more specific with regards to the problems Buddy?
    Alpal
     
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    The Battery itself may be bad. I can't remember what battery Indian uses as rheir OEM, but mine went bad - lost 2 cells after about 14 months. It was replaced under warranty. I know of several owners who've had that issue.
     
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    Always Check Cable Connections First on a Battery ..
     
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    All the above. And remember Indian and all motor companies, buy in bulk. Some of these batteries will sit for a while before being installed into a new bike. My battery lasted 2 years. I’m paranoid about being stranded so I went to a gel battery. A little more money but worth it.
     
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    Yes I can Alpal. Blinkers will not turn off, headlight having high beam on low beam. things like that. Been in shop now for 3 1/2 days. There was a clicking sound under seat also before it got hauled off to the dealer. They ordered a left handlebar switch thinking that was the problem. Whatever it is , it drained the battery down to nothing. Everything under the seat is tight. I have always kept a eye for those type of things. I am starting to think I got a bad one. Any help would help me in this matter. God Bless.. Jim Cherry
     
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    Indicator switch is/was a fault on its own and a new one should fix it. I say should because on my first Scout it took two, or was it three before we finally got a switch that played the game.

    The headlight? That's weird. I'm guessing that you have high beam ok but the flick to low produces no change. When you're on high beam, is low beam on too? If so, I'm picking you need a new bulb, if not, it's possible the high beam and low beam power wires have got together for a party, but!,....I'm no expert,..... it's a job for a clever auto electrician, which I ain't,......was not my strongest field back in spanner days.

    The flat battery? Is it dead in a day following a recharge?, or does it spin the starter ok one day and then won't crank the next, only to piss you off by starting after an hour or another day? The clicking sound is more than likely your solenoid opening and shutting the contacts because of a lack of constant current. Also, let's not forget there was a batch of faulty starters a while back,.....

    If any of that sounds in any way familiar it might pay to ask that auto electrician to run the rectifier/regulator test. If faulty the unit can produce a fault which leads many to think they have a faulty battery or starter. It may be a test the shop hasn't tried because it requires turning off the bike and waiting ten or so minutes until everything has reset itself to an "off" position.

    How do I know? Yeah , you guessed it huh,......my first Scout lead us a merry dance but we fixed her in the end.

    Good luck Buddy,.....hope you get it sorted soon,.....
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    With Jay on that. Was re-reading the thread and thought the only reason the red light comes on on my charger is because I hooked it up to the battery the wrong way round.
    Alpal
     
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    How many Scouts have you had Alpal ? What else can i look for to go wrong ? Did i make a mistake buying a Indian ? God Bless...
     
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    Hi Jim and welcome from New Zealand.
    My 2016 Scout had battery issues in the first couple of months. After checking the bike was charging correctly I discovered the battery was no good so sent the battery to the dealer. They replaced it under warranty and I have had no issues since then.
    I have now fitted a plug for a battery tender and plug it in when not riding to keep it charged completely. I do find connections easily work loose so a regular check of all electrical connections is a good idea. Once you have ironed out your electrical teething issues I'm sure you will just love the Scout. They are one impressive machine to ride:)
     
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    I'm on my second Scout Buddy. Had the misfortune to hit a horse on the way to work early on the 22nd June last year. The bike was written off sadly but I managed to find another first run Scout in the right colour also. The Scout is by far the best bike I have ever owned and ridden and you DID NOT make a mistake getting one.

    ALL bikes have their problems, some all at once like the Scout, others over many years and some literally drop dead after a number of years,.......but we still love them,.....they are like our children in many respects,.......hell! My boys got sick a few times when they were young but I didn't sell them!:eek::cool::p:D;),....no,.....nurse your baby back to good health and I am convinced she will relay you with many thousands of happy outstanding miles of pleasure,..... Oh, and what @Scouts Honour said? He's right on the money.

    Keep us posted my friend,.....
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    thanks, I just want mine running right. Thanks again, and God Bless..
     
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    So Jim,....feedback on post seven?,........
     
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    Yes, it is on the way. Dealer getting ready to mess me over !!! I will send more today. Thanks: Jim
     
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    Well, I had a bad left handlebar switch. Was routed not right by me and was rubbing and caused the blinkers and headlight to act nuts !! So, after i got a new left handlebar switch and the battery charged-up, everything is good now. I had to pay for the switch and labor !! Because, when I changed out the handlebars, I somehow (pinched) the wires. My bad. Lesson learned. God Bless.....
     

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    Hi Jim, at least you have an answer to what the problem was and have now solved it. So now you can enjoy your Scout -:)
     
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    Now I have to go double check my wire routing ... ;)
     
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    Never hurts to double check,.....
     
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    That is so true. God Bless...
     
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    Guarantee you never repeat that one Buddy:p,.......
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