Discussion in 'Electrical' started by bushwhack, Feb 20, 2016.
I started my 98 softail after it has warmed up and the voltage regulator started smoking. Whats up
Possibly a bad regulator, too many volts running through it and it's burning up.
I wouldn't run it until you get it sorted out, you could end up doing more wiring damage. JMHO.
Take a look here for testing your charging system.
Make sure if you replace the regulator it is grounded good
Here is another not often enough used test for your regulator
Conductive bits from the primary found their way into the stator area?
Have you changed the oil recently? If so maybe you have oil on it, or you oil filter is leaking. And that oil is burning off once the motor warms up.
Give the Primary oil a SNIF Test... BURNT smell and Color BLACK means Stator is probably toasted too...
I Never replace on or the other...... I usually go for BOTH replaced at the same time.
You can just replace the Bad unit tho... I found that the OTHER half of the Equation not replaced went BAD very soon for me...
ALSO: check to see IF an abundance of Oil leaked by the Catcher when changing the oil Filter out Causing the SMOKE like mentioned above...(good Call SledDog)
I have had the rubber electrical boot - right under the oil filter (early Dyna) Fill with oil before from careless oil filter change... and drip out onto the Regulator AND Mark my spot for parking...
All wires and electronic items have smoke in them,
It's when the smoke is let out we have problem's
That is so very true. If they could just figure out a way to keep that smoke in we wouldn't have very many problems.
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