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post #1 of 8 Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 10:32 am Thread Starter
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Jump Starting

Is it safe to jump start a 99 LT? Bike has not been started in about 2 months. Still has some power from battery but not enough to turn her over. Are there anythings to be aware of when using jumper gables? Can I use my Nissan pickup as the jumper car? Thanks for any advice.
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post #2 of 8 Old Feb 2nd, 2009, 10:50 am
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Re: Jump Starting

Yes, I have done it many times. You may have to get the battery fully charged with a charger though if Oddysse.

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Is it safe to jump start a 99 LT? Bike has not been started in about 2 months. Still has some power from battery but not enough to turn her over. Are there anythings to be aware of when using jumper gables? Can I use my Nissan pickup as the jumper car? Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Jump Starting

Just be aware a common fault on low battery start attempts is the welding of the relay contacts due to the high current. When you jump or replace the battery and the contacts are welded - the starter will spin uncommanded.

If you don't get them unstuck it will melt the cables as the starter will run continuously. Often a tap on the starter button will free them up. Just be aware of the possibility.

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Re: Jump Starting

...yep, jump starting is no problem at all. Just keep riding until it's fully charged.

If the bike sets idle for an extended amount of time, you should be using a Battery Tender. Definitely helps.

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Re: Jump Starting

You can use any 12 volt vehicle battery to jump the LT. Not an issue at all.

Just be sure to use the correct hookup procedure:

1- attach the positive lead to the LT positive battery terminal
2- attach the negative lead to the LT negative battery terminal (assuring that the clips on the other end of the jumper cables are not touching)
3- attach the positive lead to the donor vehicle battery positive terminal
4- attach the negative lead to a good solid ground, preferably on the engine of the donor vehicle, away from the battery.
5- start the donor vehicle
6- start the LT.

Unhook all the cables in the reverse order.

Normally, one would hook the negative lead to a good ground on the dead vehicle also, but this is not feasible on the LT.

You always hook up the last lead on either vehicle to ground away from the battery to avoid sparks near the battery. That can cause battery explosion from hydrogen gas buildup in the battery, especially dangerous on a recently discharged or freshly charged battery.

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Re: Jump Starting

I carry a set of motorcycle jumper cables. Heavy duty, but small for easy storage

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Re: Jump Starting

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5- start the donor vehicle
When jump starting a motorcycle from a car or truck, you should not need to start the donor vehicle at all. The battery alone will have more than enough power to start a bike. Even on the big LT.

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Re: Jump Starting

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I carry a set of motorcycle jumper cables. Heavy duty, but small for easy storage
What do motorcycle these cables look like? Just a smaller version (smaller gage, smaller clips) of regular cables?

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