I just recently bought a really clean 1995 King Quad (280cc) from the original owner with 991 miles on it. This is the model with the three shifters in the middle. Battery was dead, but pull started on the first or second pull each time. So today I installed a new battery, and I had no lights (no headlights, no neutral light, no reverse light) and no power to starter. First thing I checked were the fuses. BOTH of them were blown, so I replaced them (the extra fuses were still in the case, so I don't think this was an ongoing issue). With the fuses replaced, I have all lights, including neutral and reverse. I went to start it, and the starter first cranked really slow (like battery was low, which it isn't since I topped the charge off before I installed it), then cranked even slower, than just clicked each time I tapped the key. It almost started the first time I cranked it, but choke wasn't set right.
I am thinking I have a bad starter, but wonder if there are any other suggestions out there. The bike was sitting indoors its whole life, but did sit for about a year without being started. Is there something that would blow BOTH the fuses (a 15amp and a 20amp)? The 20amp was working the dash pod lights and starter. Not sure what the 15amp was for.
ATV runs fantastic, but I am not going to keep pull starting it. I already darn near lost a finger when I forgot to hit the decrompression switch LOL.
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A bad starter is a possibility, the slow cranking could also be because of tight gear mesh between the starter gear and starter clutch gear or a problem with the starter clutch mechanism. I would inspect before buying anything. As far as the cause of the blown fuses, high current draw from the starter would explain overloading only of the circuit that feeds the starter motor. If the fuse blows again, I would figure out where the other circuit leads and check for shorts. A bad connection somewhere, or a faulty regulator/rectifier could cause voltage spikes that could have overloaded both fuses. The old fuses could have become loose or corroded, the old battery could have shorted internally. If you have no further problems with blown fuses, I would think everything is fine.
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I agree with DD. If that starter is having difficulty turning, it could produce a high spike, draining your battery and blowing fuses. Just double check all your connections to the starter. A loose connection or ground could cause this situation also.
I agree with DD. remove the starter and gear reduction. clean with brakeclean then lubricate with white lithium grease. do the same thing with the gear reducer. The reducer might take some persuading to free up because the water from muskegg riding will get into it very easily.
Well, it is fixed. Thanks for all the replies, but when I went back to the atv to try it one more time, it cranked perfectly and fired right up. Been starting ever since. I was thinking maybe there was some corrosion on something that was diminishing the power to the starter. Haven't even had a hint of the problem since posting here. Wait, maybe that is how you fix things? Just post here, and poof, fixed!
Now that I posted that, I bet the problem will return next time I try to fire it....