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Old 09-27-2019, 04:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I've neglected to start my sled for over a year now. My model is the 2010 FST IQ Touring. It's just been sitting.

My questions are as follows, and I'd very much appreciate your guidance (pics attached):

1) Is the Defa-branded black rectangular box thingy pictured for cold weather warming, or does it operate the battery? (It has an outlet on the sled on the front bumper - - I live in the Nordic snow belt of - 25 celsius winters.)

2) Is that the battery in the picture with the red cables? (I can't decipher which is positive and negative if that is, indeed, the battery.)

3) When I plugged in a Defa cable in the bumper outlet, it made a buzzing sound, and when I turned the key, it ticked over a few times, the blue screen appeared, but it wouldn't turn over the engine in any way. Just low clicking, anaemic sounds. And then when I disconnect that Defa cable, nothing, no turning over, no clicking sounds at all.

I doubt it was actually charging the sled, but why would the blue dash come on when a warming cable is attached? What's going on?

4) Can a regular car battery charger, which I use for my Nissan car battery, with built in tender, charge up the sled's battery, or will it overload it?

5) Is there any way to charge it in-situ with some tender, or do I need to remove it completely to charge it indoors, for example? (I've read that nowadays you don't necessarily have to remove sled batteries, and can sinply attach a tender directly to them. But I don't know how I'd even do that, since I see no protruding or extra connectors for such a solution.)

Please help us out. I've gotta get my sled onto a trailer, and get it to an indy garage for thorough maintainance, but first I gotta get that battery alive again to do so.

- SV
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just leave everything connected and boost it in the sled. The red covered terminal on the battery near your drive clutch is the positive. Just clip the red terminal on the charger to the positive terminal on the battery and the other terminal you can ground anywhere you get good contact. Doesn't have to be on the negative battery terminal but you can use it if you want. I'd leave it hooked up for a bit to get some juice in the battery and then try starting it. The other option is to boost it with a battery pack or another battery. That should get it started.
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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DEFA is an aftermarket block heater it looks like. I assume it won’t charge your battery. The battery has a + stamped on it for positive/red and - for negative/black. In your case, the wire on the lefthand of your picture is positive, righthand is negative.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And I should add, yes you can use a car charger and yes you can use a battery tender. You don’t have to remove the battery, can leave in sled.
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