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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 9-4-2019, 6:12 PM Thread Starter
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I am having difficulty getting the bike to start. I suspected that the battery might be failing. I actually posted a question about a new battery. I decided to take the battery out and have tested. When I took it out I noticed that a tube connecting the battery to another tube was disconnected and loose . There are some traces of spilled acid. What are the tubes for I am assuming they should be connected? How to keep them connected? I am also assuming this is the culpert but I will have the battery tested anyway.
Thank you all I am new to doing your own maintenance but I am willing to learn.
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I think that's the drain tube for acid overflow
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The tube on the battery is a vent tube. It should not be connected to another tube, or anything else. The battery should not have any acid overflow. Was it possibly over filled with water? The cells will have a fill line.

The tube in the second picture looks like the carb vent tube.

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The tube on the battery is a vent tube. It should not be connected to another tube, or anything else. The battery should not have any acid overflow. Was it possibly over filled with water? The cells will have a fill line.

The tube in the second picture looks like the carb vent tube.
Possibly. I will just replace the battery anyway as I have no record of how old it is.
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^ Yeah, that's what I would do. A maintenance free one would be no fuss, no muss.

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Your existing battery is the old-style vented type with removable caps to add water. As I suggested over on the other thread, replace it with an AGM style and eliminate the vent hose. Clean up any acid damage before you install the new battery. Not leaking corrosive acid and making an ugly mess is another advantage of the AGM type.
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yeah no mystery over the tubes. the one attached to the battery [1st pic] is the battery vent tube, in the [2nd pic] the tube that runs across the top of the battery terminal is the carb vent tube, the one below the terminal [you can just make it out] is the old vent tube that was left in when the battery was replaced last time. pull it out you don't need it.
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Thank you all. I replaced my old battery with an AGM style battery. Bike is running fine.
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