Re: Another newbie in the Quad world with question
Welcome to the sport.
As a "Win at all cost.." kind of dad, I agree with Spike90. Check it out first. It's a lot of fun, but can be very expensive. However, $13,000 mini quads are rare. In most cases, that kind of spending is the sum of the total investment which may have occured over several years of experimentation trying to beat other "Win at all cost.." dads.
As far a having to use starting fluid, many of the mini's suffer from PACS, or Poor Automatic Choke Syndrome. An easy answer is to squeeze the snorkle pipe for a few seconds while cranking.
For the battery, first clean the connections. Then, with eveything turned off, put a multimeter (if you have access to one) in series between the positive post and the wire to see if there is any current drain. If so, you have a short. The next best thing to fixing it is to disconnect the ground wire when you're done riding for the day. If there's no short, then either the battery won't hold a charge, or the stator (the ignition coils that produce electicity to run the bike) is bad. That's a tougher one to diagnose. If the battery is old, then it may be the problem. Again, a multimeter would be needed to check the charging voltage. I'm guessing it needs to be around 14 volts. Please correct me, anyone who is in the know. However, if the battery won't hold a charge overnight, then I would guess it to be bad.