Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade


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Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby micbery » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:17 pm



Hello everyone,

On a road trip this past weekend I noticed my charging system was not at par. Cant say I had anything plugged in, or drawing juice outside the lights that are always on. It seemed whenever my rad fan kicked in, my voltage meter would drop to 10.5ish. When the fan kicked out, the meter would rise, but not come back up to par. When we stopped for an hour break and fired up to leave, the voltage meter was where it should be - 12.5ish, yet within a short time and the fan started working, the voltage meter would drop back to the 10.5ish.

That evening I plugged my trickle charge in, the following morning the battery was fully charged, we left for the final leg home and again, after the rad fan was running for a bit, the voltage meter would drop back to that 10.5 area.

Anyone have a similar problem, that can shed some light? Worst case, the stator is getting tired I suppose. However, before I go there I was hoping to get your feedback.

thanks



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Re: Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:24 pm

The rad fan does pull a lot of power. I'm assuming you have cut out your yellow wire stator connectors and hard soldered them in place - if not, that's your first thing to do.

Assuming you've done the connector soldering, my vote would be a weak battery. If the battery is sucking power all the time, it's not going to leave a whole lot left over for accessories. The fact that it's dropping to as low as 10.5 would seem to support that.

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Re: Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby micbery » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:43 pm

I agree with the battery potentially being the problem, and was thinking after charging it to full, the problem might go away, but like I had mentioned, it did not.

No, I have not cut out the yellow wire stator connectors and hard soldered them in place. Where would I be looking to get after that?

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Re: Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Have a look here: Three yellow wires

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Re: Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby micbery » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:21 pm

Excellent, thanks a lot. I ll get on it this weekend, if it doesnt fix the problem, Ill replace the battery.

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Re: Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:17 pm

While your there,replace the dogbone fuse with a 30amp blade type,unplug the regulator and clean all the connections there too.

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Re: Charging System - 83 1100A GoldWing Aspencade

Postby PAPete » Wed May 02, 2012 3:03 pm

You might also consider taking the battery to most any auto supply store, give them the rated CCA (cold cranking amps) and ask them to check the battery's overall condition. They have a meter that will tell you whether or not the battery will hold a charge. Sounds as if yours might not. Just a thought.

But do solder the three yellow wires and replace the dogbone anyway.


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