why is my voltage regulatoe smoking

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by bushwhack, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. bushwhack

    bushwhack New Member

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    I started my 98 softail after it has warmed up and the voltage regulator started smoking. Whats up
     
  2. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
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  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Guest

    Make sure if you replace the regulator it is grounded good
     
  4. Jack Klarich

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  5. RibEye

    RibEye Junior Member

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    Oil drippage?

    Bad stator?

    Shorted rectifier(s)?

    Excessive load?

    Bad regulator?

    Conductive bits from the primary found their way into the stator area?

    Good luck,
    Rich P
     
  6. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

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    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.
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    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...:eek:

    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... :mad:

    signed....BUBBIE
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016
  8. joel

    joel Junior Member

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    All wires and electronic items have smoke in them,
    It's when the smoke is let out we have problem's
     
  9. coopernicus

    coopernicus Junior Member Contributor

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    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.