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  1. Grandma4

    Grandma4 New Member

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    So I've been trying to figure out why my 2017 Gunner clicks 4-5 times after hitting kill switch. I've checked the solenoids in the fuse box but it sounds like its coming from the right side of the ignition swith or should I say under the tank. So far nobody can help. Should I just try a new a battery? It is consistently needing to be on charger . What kind of battery do you recommend? Thanks
     
  2. jmstang302

    jmstang302 Well-Known Member

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    The clicking is a normal sound after shutdown. I believe it's the IAC.

    As for needing to be on a charger. Have you added and accessories, USB phone charger, lights,...?

    Has the battery and charging system been checked with a meter?
     
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    I always thought the clicking at shutdown was pressure released on the fuel pump.
     
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    It turns out if the bike ends up rubber side up, the fuel pump is disabled... obviously. So I have a little experience here. From the manual:

    Priming The Fuel System
    Fuel pump prime procedure also serves to center the IAC
    valve. The fuel level in tank must be high enough to
    submerge the fuel pickup in the tank. A prime procedure
    should be performed:
    • If a new fuel pump is installed or if tanks are run
    completely dry.
    • Whenever fuel system is serviced (fuel line is
    disconnected).
    • Whenever battery or IAC is disconnected.
    1. Fill the fuel tank.
    2. Turn Engine Stop switch OFF.
    3. Turn ignition key ON.
    4. Turn stop switch to RUN.
    5. Allow switch to remain in RUN position until pump
    stops running (about 2-3 seconds).
    6. Turn stop switch OFF.
    7. WAIT until the ECM centers the IAC valve (the clicking
    sound stops) and then wait an additional 10 seconds.
    or until you hear a faint single “click” from the relay.

    8. Repeat Steps 4-7 about 5 times to complete the
    priming procedure. Turn ignition key OFF when
    priming is complete.
     
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    How many days does it sit before it's dead?

    Any time one of my bikes will be sitting for a few days or more I plug them in just to be sure they're good and ready when I'm ready to ride.

    That is very common with motorcycles.
     
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    There is no pressure release. It will bleed off over time, rapid drop off is a sign of an issue.
     
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    Always try tightening the terminals first. Don’t check with your fingers, put a wrench on them and give them another 1/8 turn. It’s amazing how many times that ended up being the problem.
     
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    The IAC is very picky about low voltages. The IAC resetting itself frequently is often a sign that your battery is going (or a loose terminal connection.) I would suggest you remove your battery and have it load tested by an auto parts store (they often do it for free) and go from there.
     
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  9. Grandma4

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    Ok thanks,
    I got a wrench and tightened the battery cables. I also did a load test with my meter and it checked fine, didn't find a local place who would do load testing. I put it on the charger and hope it will be ok once charged. I may go ahead reset the IAC too. I
    Any other suggestions please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Lisa
     
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    Does the engine turn over, will it start?
     
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    Checking with a meter ain't gonna do it, went out this morning to take the Buell out, it was on the battery tender with the green light lit. Turned the gas on hit the starter and nothing but rapid clicking, checked with multimeter 12.75 volts. Took battery to O'reilly's for load test, shorted internally. Charging to top it off now. I know they tell you it's charged and ready to go but Interstate batteries themselves state that the battery is only 70% out of the box.
    Also, years ago (1978),the owner of Fletcher's H-D chewed my ass for not having one of each battery on the charger and ready for sale. Seems that if you don't top it off before installing it will never charge to full capacity.
     
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    @normthenomad Just curious if’s a tender or a maintainer , seems like lots of bad batteries that were tended regularly. Seems like has been 50/50 mix of newer & older batteries failing, wondering if is the robots starting their $hit & trying to takeover using the tenders to render us stationary. Mine bikes batt is the 6 yr old og & never a whimper.....prob a good time to replace so wife doesn’t have to bump start us
     
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    Have all my bikes with the pig tail hooked to the battery. The return from the ride ritual, (unless I'm on a road trip), top off the tank, check the oil, plug it into battery tender. Usually get four years plus out of a battery. Fortunately I live in southern AZ so I ride almost every day which helps.
    Most Victory owners seem to ride their bikes more than most other brands.
    Have had problems with cheaper batteries shorting out. I try to stick with Yuasa or Interstate whenever possible.
     
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    I don't understand the marriage that guys seam to have to the battery tender. My XC was 4yrs 1,100 miles old with the OEM battery and did not have a tender cable on it, until I installed the Maximus (recommended for the download) and I now only use the adapter for my heated gear. 19/20 winter I recall it sitting all of Nov, Dec & Jan. The battery is now 8 years old and has only been on a tender that 1 day.
     
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    It's cheap insurance for me. It depends on too many variables to say if it's worth it or not for each individual. As they say, your mileage may vary.
     
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