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Arctic Cat 500 2006 "BELT"

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"Belt" message appeared on console screen. Does that mean a loose belt and either needs tightening or replaced? I kept going and turn off ignition. Could not start again. Not even a grunt, new battery. Partner jumped and I was able to do all my errands and drive home. (Total 2 hours). Battery still dead. What am I looking at as to possible diagnosis and corrections?

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The "Belt" indicator was for the V-twins with the Kawasaki motor. From your description that does not sound right. Sounds like the pod got messed up I don't think your machine has a belt sensor. It meant it was time to change the belt.

You have t find out what happened why it wouldn't start back up. Your battery could have just up and died.

Mike

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Mike. This is an embarrassment. I did not get the jump start by using the solenoid post. Not the battery. I left the battery cover in place since we were on the trail. When I got home I just plugged in the charger to a plug outside. Tonight I tried to start and it was still stone dead. Here is where I got embarrassed. Removing the battery cover I found the positive bolt and nut gone and the cable was dangling loose. The battery is fine and the trail ride tonight uneventfull. So this is a very long story to feed and explain my red face. Sorry for taking your time. Yes, you can chuckle at my expense.

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Its no problem, most people have done dumb things, like the kill switch is on and don't know why it won't start kinda things. It happens, all that matters is you found the problem.

Mike

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