….if you’re used to using the safety stop switch (kill switch) up on the handlebars to stop your sled, you’ll want to change your...

….if you’re used to using the safety stop switch (kill switch) up on the handlebars to stop your sled, you’ll want to change your ways if you’re riding a new sled with electric start. This is particularly true on Yamaha models, where if you leave the key on and the kill switch “UP” the battery will discharge. Even if left for a period that doesn’t totally drain the battery, this practice will cause premature failure of the battery since current draw occurs when both of these switches are left in the “ON” position.
On Yamaha models, you won’t hear anything if the key is on and the kill switch is pulled up, but the electrical system will be ON. On the Arctic Cat models you’ll hear the fuel pump pressurizing the fuel rail for a moment and the dash lights will come on, so you’ve got to be totally ignorant to not realize you’re draining the battery. The Yamaha dash lights don’t come on until the engine fires, making them more prone to accidental discharge.
For these reasons, the key should always be in the “OFF” position when the sled is off. This requires a change in what has become a way of practice for many of use, using the kill switch as your on/off switch.

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