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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Rhino just clicks trying to start

I have a 2007 Rhino 700 and my battery died - when I opened the battery compartment, it had mice in it and was full of nesting material......I cleaned everything out and replaced the battery but when i turn the key, the red light comes on, and I hear a click....i have checked and there are no chewed wires, all fuses are good, reseated all relays with dielectric grease....but still the same thing. Battery is fully charged and shows 12.7 volts...what is next?
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Disconnect that battery and try another battery. Although itís at 12.7 volts the cranking amps may not be enough


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Yes - I already did that - I bought a new battery and went from 265 CCA to 300 CCA....does it take more than that?
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Have u checked the starter relay


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Which one is the starter relay?
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So can I jumper that to see if it tries to start?- then i'll know it's the relay
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So can I jumper that to see if it tries to start?- then i'll know it's the relay


You can but if there is a short downstream, you may burn up something else. Iíve done it before and had the wire start to weld itself to the other end, but I also have a factoryís worth of spares.


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How do you suggest i test it?
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i always buy a shop manual but in my 2019 shop manual it says you can test for continuity on the relays. do your headlight light up bright?
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Just because it clicks doesn't mean it's closing the internal contacts. This isn't common but it does happen. If you have a test light or multi-meter you can test the operation easily. One side will be connected directly to the battery. It will always be hot. The other side will get hot when the relay is energized if it's working correctly. You also can verify the power is being delivered from the key to the relay to activate it. If the relay is getting hot or energized on the starter side then go to the starter and make sure you are getting power there. This is the basics of finding the problem.
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Just because it clicks doesn't mean it's closing the internal contacts. This isn't common but it does happen. If you have a test light or multi-meter you can test the operation easily. One side will be connected directly to the battery. It will always be hot. The other side will get hot when the relay is energized if it's working correctly. You also can verify the power is being delivered from the key to the relay to activate it. If the relay is getting hot or energized on the starter side then go to the starter and make sure you are getting power there. This is the basics of finding the problem.

All good advice here. If the above tests fail to uncover the problem, before you go any further, ensure that that engine turns over manually (although rare, it could be a frozen engine). On the passenger side of the motor you will notice on the side cover a large inspection plug - remove it then use appropriate size socket and breaker bar to attempt to manually crank the engine (should turn fairly easily). If it does not turn with a breaker bar then that's not good, something is seriously amiss. If the engine turns over manually ok then your rodent friends have simply damaged your wiring - as they did mine a few years ago. I had made the mistake of leaving it sit on the ground while trailer was being repaired. Fixed the wiring (damage was obvious) and loaded her back onto trailer - no problems since. Good luck.
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All good advice here. If the above tests fail to uncover the problem, before you go any further, ensure that that engine turns over manually (although rare, it could be a frozen engine). On the passenger side of the motor you will notice on the side cover a large inspection plug - remove it then use appropriate size socket and breaker bar to attempt to manually crank the engine (should turn fairly easily). If it does not turn with a breaker bar then that's not good, something is seriously amiss. If the engine turns over manually ok then your rodent friends have simply damaged your wiring - as they did mine a few years ago. I had made the mistake of leaving it sit on the ground while trailer was being repaired. Fixed the wiring (damage was obvious) and loaded her back onto trailer - no problems since. Good luck.[/QUOTE]

Also good advice. I didn't think about a locked engine possibility. Let us know what you find.
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