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How To Know If You Need A New Motorbike Battery

by Kenya Medina 2 years ago in how to
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Motorcycle batteries aren't meant to last for a lifetime.

Motorcycle batteries aren't meant to last for a lifetime. Even the highest-quality motorbike battery has a maximum life period because they are essentially boxes of chemicals, which loses strength after some time. That being stated, when a battery goes bad, it’s absolutely impossible to revive it. The only way is to solve this is with a new motorcycle battery to keep your vehicle running again.

While some may decide to disregard bad batteries, it's better to avoid damaging your alternator due to further worn-out battery. In addition, battery issues can cause delays in your plans and may even leave you alone in unknown spots. This is the reason why you should know when the right time to replace it with a new one is.

If you aren't sure whether you need to have a new motorbike battery, continue reading to know if some signs that you tells you to buy a new one.

Several electrical components

Today, most models of motorcycle come with a range of attached electrical components, which will increase motorbike batteries usage. Popular electrical components such as heated gear will use up more battery power and cause it to work overtime whilst trying to keep every part of the motorcycle running correctly. While modern motorcycle batteries are capable of adapting to this kind of strain, you have to get the battery checked consistently, particularly if you utilise your bike a great deal.

Clicking sound when you turn the key

When you turn your key in the ignition, your motorbike batteries send a current to an electrical component to get things going. A failing battery will have difficulty performing this function, and the electrical current sent to the starter will be weaker. When the starter receives reduced or insufficient power from the battery, it often makes the clicking noise you're hearing.

Slow crank

Drivers become attuned to the normal sounds of their motorcycle. If you notice your engine cranks more slowly or sluggishly than normal when you turn the key, your cheap motorbike battery may be nearing its death. Don't ignore this red flag!

Dim headlights

If your cheap motorbike battery is not acting accordingly, it's not going to be capable of fully powering your vehicle's electrical parts, such as your headlights. If you notice that your headlights seem dim and weaker than usual, take note! Not only is the reduced light a safety issue, but it also means your motorcycle battery is almost kaput.

Needing to press on the gas pedal to start

You really don’t need to give your motorcycle gas to get it started. If you find that your vehicle is only starting when you kick your foot on the gas pedal, you may be dealing with a failing battery.

A safety warning

If you've never handled a motorcycle battery in the past, always remember that it is never okay to let anything conductive connect the positive (red) terminal of your battery to any other metal component of your motorcycle. Doing so will certainly fry a battery with even a modicum of voltage left in it, and possibly fry you as well. If you have trepidations about testing your battery on your own, consult a professional.

Look out for faulty signs

Before diving for your jumper cables, consider the fact that many electrical and mechanical problems can masquerade as a dead battery. A huge number of motorbikes nowadays have a little push-button switch under the engine to keep their rider from blasting off into the sunrise with an extended kickstand. If your kickstand is up, and the bike won't fire, this switch may be faulty.

You should also consider that if your headlight comes on and is typically bright, or your horn sounds normal, a dead battery is unlikely. Tell-tale signs that the problem is the battery include weak or non-functioning lights and horn. These hints are usually accompanied by little or no response when the starter button is pushed. You may hear a faint "click" and maybe even the engine attempting to turn over, but if your battery is really toasted, silence is the strongest clue.

These are just some things that tell you if your motorcycle battery has gone bad and needs replacing. When you notice a portion of these things, don't get bewildered and get ready to be on the lookout for an excellent new motorbike battery right away, ideally one that is much better than your old battery and lasts longer than expected. Of course, you are expected to provide regular maintenance and good restoration to the battery. So make sure to keep your eyes on your battery condition so you can avoid getting stranded in unknown locations simply due to a dead battery.

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Kenya Medina

I’m Kenya Medina, 45. I work as a paediatrics doctor. I love driving to the beach every summer and grill some barbecues with my fam.

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