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Update on my battery, and need help

Took the battery into 2 different places, and they both said the battery is good. 😏 Here is what I bought for a bolt meter. Can someone tell me how to use it?? I have never used one. What settings, where do you hook up....Click image for larger version

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2016, 11:13 AM
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WOW, talk about a loaded question, but this should help plus some of the other videos on this page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgC3CETFCv8

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Didn't it come with instructions?

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The reflection from your packaging does not let me see the connections or settings available.
In general, plug the black lead into the black or Common socket. Plug the red lead into the red or Volts socket. Do not plug into the Current/Amps socket if it exists for this kind of test.
Set your selector knob to V or volts. If there are multiple choices, select DC Volts. Often the display will indicate DC or AC. You want DC. There might be a selector button that will switch between AC and DC.
Test your meter by placing the tip of the black lead to your negative battery terminal and the red to its positive terminal. You should be reading battery voltage. If not, then it is time to RTM (read the manual).
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Put the meter switch on DCV 20.
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I think I figured out my battery problem, now if I can just figure out the radio and audio problem.

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Just a little advice on using voltmeters and ammeters.

Always set them to the highest setting on the scale, then hook up the leads.
If you make this a practice that turns into habit, it will save you from burning out a good meter, and converting it into a pile of melted solder joints.

Once the voltage or amperage is in circuit, you then switch down to lower scales so that the meter reads appropriately.


To one who is well experienced as to what they expect to see, we/they will preset the meter at the appropriate scale to start with. But, a Newbie needs to be cautious, and learn "by doing"... from that comes the experience so that you "know what to expect".
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FYI, I have had batteries "tested" in the past, they checked good and they were not worth a crap. Not to say yours is, just my experience. You got a new bike, Personally, I would start out with a new battery if you dont have any knowledge of the age of the one that your bike came with.
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The only true way is charge the battery then check it with a hydrometer, thats the true way to see if its good or has a bad cell, for about $10.00 you can get a hydrometer at NAPA and something else new to learn.

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forget the hydrometer, just get an AGM battery and be done with it.

end of starting problems.
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