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    Dead Battery

    A buddy of mine was going to ride my GTX, I haven't started it in a while and after launch he tried to start it to go. It didn't fire right up as usual, and the battery ran down in trying. My question is could I have removed the positive battery lead and hooked it to another battery with jumper cables. I had access to that but the battery was full sized and I couldn't just swap them out. I was afraid to try and jump start it with both leads hooked up, I have read it burns the computer up.
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    After my first winter I had my '05 RXT on a charger...when that wasn't fast enough I hit the jump selecter...fired right up...no problems.

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    anyone?

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    You should be OK

    Provided the Battery is the same voltage (which most are!), you can't do any harm IN THEORY.

    I see most damage when connecting/disconnecting Batteries. If you get things wrong, the action of making/breaking circuits can cause the damage you're concerned about. You have probably seen the big sparks you can get when disconnecting a jumper lead. Big sparks = hi voltage = possible damage to electronics.

    To minimise the risk, disconnect the old battery, first ensuring ALL circuits are off (Neg lead first)
    Connect jumper battery (Pos lead first), then start engine. I usually warm engine up, then switch off (Warm engines are easier to start). Then re-connect old battery and see if you can crank the warm engine. If you still can't get it to start, then disconnect the Ski from the Batteries and connect them (the two batteries) together. This will transfer charge into the "weaker" Ski battery. After about 3-4 minutes, reconnect the Ski Battery and try again. Good luck!

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    Been there and back! BDNJ's Avatar
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    I've hooked a heavy duty, portable battery charger to the battery in my rxp and it worked perfectly.

    Brendan

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    Thanks Bic1, I guess the best thing is to make sure the battery is fully charged before you even get to the water.

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    I'm kind of a big deal SeanCucf's Avatar
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    you can jump from a battery as long as the car isn't running

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    Quote Originally Posted by skooter525 View Post
    anyone?
    You meant...anyone else...right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanCucf View Post
    you can jump from a battery as long as the car isn't running
    to all you guys who want a jump start, just put the leads on , from another 12 volt. you can't do any damage unless you put 14 volts thru

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaRedneck View Post
    You meant...anyone else...right?
    Yup

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