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Old 06-02-2014, 11:23 AM   #1
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Trik-L charger issue

When I hooked my trik-l maintainer charger to my engine battery it would not work untill I took off the neg cable then it worked.This has never happened before any one with an idea?I also cleaned the solor panel Thanks
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When I hooked my trik-l maintainer charger to my engine battery it would not work untill I took off the neg cable then it worked.This has never happened before any one with an idea?I also cleaned the solor panel Thanks
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I don't understand the question!
But I can tell you this: NO battery charger or maintainer will work while the neg cable is OFF.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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It is working with out the neg cable connected. The black lead is connected to the battery hold down bolt which is part of the chassis.If I replace the neg cable to the battery it quits?
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Exactly what charger are you using? And how are you determining that it is charging or not? Why would you put the Negative wire on the charger onto the hold down? Put the charger leads the on the battery posts, leaving the ground wire from there the chassis disconnected, and measure the voltage across the terminals. Record the reading. Go do something else for 24 hhours and then measure the voltage again. You need to remember that a trickle charger could take weeks to charge a battery and will never bring it up to full charge.
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Dirty battery terminals. Clean them and it will work when you put it on the battery terminals.

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I assume you are talking about a Trik-L-Start. I have one on mine. I have mine connected to the batteries under the steps. The purpose is to use the house batteries to maintain the starting (chassis) battery. In my case I use clips to connect the two battery banks positive terminals. Behind the steps you will find a grounding lug that is connected directly to the chassis frame. That's where the negative (black wire) is connected for ground. This has worked well and reliably for my application.

Connecting the negative wire to the battery hold down seems like a very unreliable connection. Dirt and corrosion may be compromising your connection. I have also had success by connecting the negative wire to the negative terminal on the starting battery. The battery cable then connects directly to the grounding lug on the frame.
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The battery hold down bolt might not be all that grounded. In fact it could be closer to the battery positive than you think. .. Find a good clean ground AWAY from the batteries and try there.. or try the battery NEGATIVE terminal.. NOT the hold down.
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