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post #1 of 16 Old 10-23-2019, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sucks! After 6.2 hours on the meter I had to install because Yamaha doest include one, stock battery died. hadn't started it up in about a month but it was on the trickle charger and walked up to it yesterday and dead... I have a smart battery charger that desulfides and that couldn't even save it.

Apparently Yamaha doesn't even think much of their own batteries because they won't warranty it. Dealer wasn't much help... they said I had to bring the whole quad back to them, 140 mi round trip. No thanks I'm beginning to regret this purchase
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Sounds like there is a different problem other than the battery.

Mine is going on 3 years and zero problems with the battery except for the time that I left the ignition on over night. My Kodiak may sit for over a month or even longer without starting and it has always fired right up.

I'd check for battery drain when the engine is off plus there may be a problem with your battery maintainer.

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-23-2019, 10:58 PM
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Sounds like there is a different problem other than the battery.

Mine is going on 3 years and zero problems with the battery except for the time that I left the ignition on over night. My Kodiak may sit for over a month or even longer without starting and it has always fired right up.

I'd check for battery drain when the engine is off plus there may be a problem with your battery maintainer.
I agree with jimP, I have let mine set for over month with no charger on it and it fires right up.
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Sucks! After 6.2 hours on the meter I had to install because Yamaha doest include one, stock battery died. hadn't started it up in about a month but it was on the trickle charger and walked up to it yesterday and dead... I have a smart battery charger that desulfides and that couldn't even save it.

Apparently Yamaha doesn't even think much of their own batteries because they won't warranty it. Dealer wasn't much help... they said I had to bring the whole quad back to them, 140 mi round trip. No thanks I'm beginning to regret this purchase
^^ that right there is why they want the bike, not just the battery.... there is an underlying issue drawing current

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Sucks! After 6.2 hours on the meter I had to install because Yamaha doest include one, stock battery died. hadn't started it up in about a month but it was on the trickle charger and walked up to it yesterday and dead... I have a smart battery charger that desulfides and that couldn't even save it.

Apparently Yamaha doesn't even think much of their own batteries because they won't warranty it. Dealer wasn't much help... they said I had to bring the whole quad back to them, 140 mi round trip. No thanks I'm beginning to regret this purchase
Possibly an issue with the hour meter? How long did you have the quad before installing the hour meter?
Do you have a digital multi-meter you can use to check for current draw with the key off?

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Possibly an issue with the hour meter? How long did you have the quad before installing the hour meter?
Do you have a digital multi-meter you can use to check for current draw with the key off?
The bike should have hour meter in the display pod, if it's a new 700 kodiak, that's a stock feature, not an add on meter

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post #7 of 16 Old 10-25-2019, 12:18 AM
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Batteries can go bad, and a new one can be bad, but all the comments here are likely right about an issue. The dealer might work with you a bit on the long commute to fix it, but that is what you might want to do.

And I know how you feel, you spend a lot of money and buy the best and then have issues, that is very painful. Hopefully this will be solved soon and not reoccur.
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I would take it in under the warranty to have the electrical system checked out if you have any more issues with a new battery. That's what your warranty is for even if it is a long drive, (I'm assuming they are your closest dealer) I would make an appointment with the dealer so you can wait for it and take it home the same day, because it shouldn't take them more than half day max.
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Sucks! After 6.2 hours on the meter I had to install because Yamaha doest include one, stock battery died. hadn't started it up in about a month but it was on the trickle charger and walked up to it yesterday and dead... I have a smart battery charger that desulfides and that couldn't even save it.

Apparently Yamaha doesn't even think much of their own batteries because they won't warranty it. Dealer wasn't much help... they said I had to bring the whole quad back to them, 140 mi round trip. No thanks I'm beginning to regret this purchase
I have a 2016 kodiak 700. Bought it new. Battery lasted three years. I have a out 20 hours run time. After recharging original battery a few times. Bought a new battery. Everything was fine til weather cooled off. Having g to charge battery, and it Not starting. Looking for a hint as to what to look at.
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Check the charging voltage on the battery with the engine running, it should be around 14.2 volts. At least that is what I see on my aftermarket gauge.

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