Bad Regulator/Bike Won't Start

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by BBQFever, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. BBQFever

    BBQFever Member

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    Hey all,

    I am new here, I have done searches for my particular issue and could not find anything, that being said, I know I have a bad regulator. Could this keep the bike from starting? The bike turns over but wont fire.

    I was riding down the road at about 25 mph when I smelled what I believe to be an electrical type fire and the bike went completely dead.... After a few minutes power came back and I was able to turn the bike over but it would not start. Could I have fried something, I know the regulator is bad what else should I look for that could be bad? The coil is good.

    1990 Softail Custom

    I have followed all the tests minus the load test which I will do today!

    Thanks,
    Joe
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    BBQFever - I moved your post out of the Self Help Section and into a thread of its own to try and get more responses. Good luck with your problem and welcome to the forum!
     
  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    First welcome to the forum and sorry about the problem. First open up the inspection plate on the primary case and see if the oil smells burnt. If it does you probably have a fried stator. Disconnect the voltage reg. plug from the case and check the stator output. The whole testing procedure is in the self help section. Check the wires around the battery to make sure they are clean and tight (both ends of the + & -) take the nose cone off and check the wire and the pickup.
     
  4. BBQFever

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    Thanks, I will check the oil and the nose cone..... I did all the tests for the stator from the self help section and it checked out ok. I did not think to check the pickup. Also I don't have 12v at the coil could that be my ECM?

    Thanks
     
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  5. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I'm hoping that Hoople comes on soon as I am really at a loss when it come to electrical/electronic problems. Once you have checked for dead shorts and battery cables and to see if there are any burnt or discolored wires I have to go to the experts for the in depth checks.
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    What is the voltage at the coil? With the ignition on probe the wires coming out of the cone do you have power here?
     
  7. BBQFever

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    No there there is no voltage at the coil.
     
  8. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Do you have the original ignition switch? You might look at the bottom to the switch to see if there are any burnt of broken wires.
     
  9. BBQFever

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    I would guess it is the original, I just noticed that the taillight stopped working..... if I wiggle the switch the light flickers....
     
  10. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    That is a mechanical switch and they do wear out. There is an electronic replacement but I have really had no problems replacing with the OEM. Take your pick, either will probably solve your problem.