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Old 09-18-2019, 08:18 AM   #1
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2005ish Honda Foreman/Rancher 4x4 (its at the lease and I don't think exact year or model matters for this)

Fired it up, drove 1/4 mile all is normal. Stop to close the gate, and it dies, but this time nothing lights up. The speedometer screen is blank, the neutral light won't come on, and it won't turn over.

Pull it back to camp, check fuses in the fuse block, all good. The fan is wired hot to a switch, it works. Pull start, it starts...now the neutral light works, the reverse light works, and the 4x4 light flashes while it runs. The screen is still blank though.

Any ideas where to start looking???

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Old 09-18-2019, 08:20 AM   #2
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Battery?
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:23 AM   #3
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Battery?
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:26 AM   #4
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Battery might show enough volts,but not have enough amps. Have had that happen before. Had to get new battery
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:26 AM   #5
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Like above said Battery or battery connection would be a fst guess..
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:57 AM   #6
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Electrical for sure. Id replace and or check solenoid and battery. Many times, corrosion gets in on your connections, I have the same issue being I leave my bikes @ hunt camp and submerge them in water and swamps.

So a tube of dielectric grease and a file have become my friends over the years. I get issues similar all the time.

Test your battery @ rest to see it has 12+ volts. If it does, clean the connections of both battery and solenoid. See what that does.


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Old 09-18-2019, 09:52 AM   #7
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I’ll check the battery this weekend , I hope it’s that simple!
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:55 AM   #8
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Don't know if the Honda's have them, but on my CanAm i have had my voltage regulator go out. It fries the battery.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:56 AM   #9
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Bad connection at the battery and or bad battery.

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Old 09-18-2019, 10:03 AM   #10
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Did you bump the kill switch?

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Old 09-18-2019, 11:15 AM   #11
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Yep replace the battery first. The ones at Walmart work fine but don’t last as long as sealed batteries. In my opinion if you are keeping the machine long term get a good AGM battery.
Check all connectors and sensors or solenoids that you can to rule out other deeper issues. The fact that it starts when you pull it means it should not be too serious.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:18 AM   #12
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Make sure the connection is good between the battery and cables. Have a 2004 Honda, and the screws holding the cables to the battery worked loose once. Had similar symptoms to what youre describing.


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Old 09-18-2019, 12:18 PM   #13
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it's almost definitely the battery. honda uses electronic shift and 4wheelers don't have regular alternators. i learned this taking my gf (now wife) out to my hunting lease the first time. trailed my dad's 4wheeler out to there for him. jump started it because it hadn't run in a while. figured if i let it run, it would charge up the battery.

working fine until we get to the feeder the farthest away on the front pasture over a mile and a half as the crow flies. we hope hope off to look around. i leave it running in neutral. try to get in gear. nothing. eventually i realize the problem.

we have to hoof it back to camp in 95 degree weather. lol.

long story short. keep your batteries fresh.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:50 PM   #14
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Could be a bad kill switch
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:15 PM   #15
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Any update

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Old 09-20-2019, 05:32 PM   #16
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Not yet, will be at the lease tomorrow
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:05 AM   #17
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Thank you all for the feedback. The update is, that while it wasn't the battery, it was a small red and white wire at the battery. When I went to replace the battery, I found the wire broken. I know the battery is a few years old, and I had purchased an AGM battery, so I will not be taking chances this winter with the old wet cell battery.

I drive a long ways to my blind, and don't always have someone to call for help, don't want to tell a story like sectxag06 lol.

Thanks again, and I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable season.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:28 AM   #18
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Thank you all for the feedback. The update is, that while it wasn't the battery, it was a small red and white wire at the battery. When I went to replace the battery, I found the wire broken. I know the battery is a few years old, and I had purchased an AGM battery, so I will not be taking chances this winter with the old wet cell battery.

I drive a long ways to my blind, and don't always have someone to call for help, don't want to tell a story like sectxag06 lol.

Thanks again, and I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable season.
Glad you got it figured out.
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