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post #1 of 13 Old 05-19-2017, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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2003 won't start

OK I have searched and search for an answer but none has been found.

I have a 2003 rebel 250. Had issue getting it to start on its own. changed battery nothing, if i am jump starting the bike it will start. used my multimeter and cant locate any short. but when I try and start it battery only there are no lights unless i hook up the jumper cables. what could it be.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-19-2017, 09:39 AM
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Welcome to the forum. Your battery isn't producing enough amps to start the bike. I recommend a Yuasa battery. Good quality and they outlast any other battery I know of.
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OK I have searched and search for an answer but none has been found.

I have a 2003 rebel 250. Had issue getting it to start on its own. changed battery nothing, if i am jump starting the bike it will start. used my multimeter and cant locate any short. but when I try and start it battery only there are no lights unless i hook up the jumper cables. what could it be.

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Freshly charged new battery. Planning on taking the old one to autozone and having them test it this weekend. I also think that it's the battery but not sure why both would have the same issue
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A lot of Chinese made batteries are poor quality. That's why I recommend Yuasa.
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I wouldn't buy a cheap Chinese knock off battery for my bike but I will admit that I don't have a yuasa battery. It was one I picked up at autozone last year. That's the problem living in the sticks I have limited options for buying parts unless I drive an hour.

Sad thing is I plan on replacing most of the electrical system some time soon so that my new turn signals and headlight will work.
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I wouldn't buy a cheap Chinese knock off battery for my bike ...
Have you checked to see where your current battery was made? I'll bet $50 that it's from China. You can order the correct Yuasa battery online for about what you pay for the cheaper Chinese batteries. Yuasa batteries are made in several locations around the world, including China. But their quality control means they are still very good batteries, and they are only a few dollars more than the poor quality batteries.

Be aware that adding lights that pull a lot more watts than the OEMs may overtax the Rebel's puny charging system.

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It could be a weak battery, but my guess is bad connections, either at the battery, or frame ground, or somewhere along the way.

Check the battery voltage with a multimeter before, after and during starting, with and without a boost. Be sure not to start the car while boosting to avoid frying anything.

Report the numbers.

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I wouldn't buy a cheap Chinese knock off battery for my bike ...
But Apparently I would buy a battery from vietnam... Stupid autozone, should go back and punch that stupid salesperson
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Don't blame him, there are very few American motorcycle battery makers, and none of them make batteries that will fit the Rebel.

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