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Old 05-15-2012, 06:08 AM   #1
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Default Faulty Ground wire?

Recently when I try and start my prairie I switch the key on, display lights up, I push the magic button and click display dies and it acts like its stone cold dead. cycle the key and display does not come back on.

I can pull start it and the display may come back on or it may not. But it will run fine.

Started playing with it, if i wiggle the connections to the battery I can get the display to relight after cycling the key.

I put the ohm meter on the screws it and it shows 12 but when cranking it drops to all the way off the map. If I put the meter on the posts it stays at 12.

I put the charger to it and it immediatly said the battery was charged. Tried cranking with the charger connected and it turned over extremely slow.

Battery is a trustart and is less than 1 year old. I really think its a faulty ground issue and was wondering if anyone could give me a suggestion on where to look first.
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Try different battery first, checking battery with a volt meter is not reliable

Batteries have to be tested under load.

Start with simplest tests first before digging into wiring. Hth
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Swapped batteries for a known hot one. Prairie turned over but so slow it wouldnt crank. Put my battery back in and all it would do is click.

Had food plots to check so i just pull started it. First try fires right up but no cluster lights. Drove about 50 yards and she died.

Pull started again crunk right up feathered the throttle and eventually the cluster came back on. Drove off and rode for an hour with no problem.

Loaded it up got back home and let it sit. Got busy didnt mess with it until a week later. Figured id hit the button for the hell of it just to hear it click and the damn thing fired right up.
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still cranking good, better than ever in fact with the same battery so what ever it was corrected itself. Maybe one day I'll find the route of the problem if it reoccurs.
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ground the frame and motor good to the battery. that cures any guess work.

my prairie had a faulty wiring harness. the white wire with red stripe in the loom corrodes above the rear cyl head and can carry the full 12v current but not the amperage required to engage the solenoid and keep it there.

jiggle the harness under the seat

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