Home Forums 2-Cycle Racing What type of battery do I need for my starter

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  • #53090

    Bob Spedding
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    I have an older Coleman starter.  I keep it on a constant trickle charge.  When I go to start the kart it appears that my battery is weak and seems to have a hard time turning the clutch.  But usually does.  I have taken it to two different places and had the battery tested and it tests fine.  When I plug up my portable jump start to it and start my kart it will start right up.  So I am thinking my battery doesn’t have enough cca or something. I’ve attached pictures of my battery and starter. Ay advice or help would be greatly appriciated. Thanks

  • #53116

    Andre Molina
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    I was battling this EXACT issue, but I have a BIG 155+cc motor, so I knew it would be a problem.

    The way I solved it was by hooking up batteries in parallel. I have a 230CCA battery in my Coleman starter, and a 670CCA battery connected in parallel to that.

    Now, WHY you are having that current capacity issue is a different question. My KPV started no problem with just 230CCA, FYI.

    What kind of motor are you trying to start?

  • #53124

    Bob Spedding
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    Thanks.  It is for our Yamaha kt100. By parallel do you mean two batteries?  This thing is heavy enough,  I can’t imagine having two batteries.  :)

  • #53146

    Andre Molina
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    You should have no issues starting it then.

    Is it an old battery? The older a battery is, the more it’s internal resistance increases and reduces it’s capacity to deliver current.

    Those batteries are not sitting under a hood being consistently charged by an alternator, so perhaps it is just a bit on the old side.

  • #53156

    Bob Spedding
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    Andre, Not too old. Bought it in December.  It stays on a trickle charge. I’ve checked the battery water level and it is fine.  Is there a different battery I should look at instead of this one?  One with higher CCA or just a better one?

    Thanks

  • #53222

    Andre Molina
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    Odd. Maybe the battery is bad and is just not providing the advertised CCA.

    Check the amps with a multimeter. Or try another one, doesn’t need to be larger.

  • #61357

    tony zambos
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    What was the amperage rating on your last battery? Maybe you’ve been purchasing batteries that were not powerful enough. Suggest charging your current battery with a charger that’s not a trickle charger. Borrow one from a friend if you don’t have one or ask you gas station.
    This might be a good time the consider purchasing a used Coleman mini-starter with a sealed battery. They’re about 18 pounds with the battery.

    LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

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