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WD 45 Charging/electrical problem

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07-06-2003 14:30:57

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I had a working 3 position switch... I can't tell if it is still working or if something else is wrong.

I know that the light switch position works. But after mowing the other day, I barely made it to the shed on my 6volt battery.

Ammeter was showing 0 amps or less. Battery is OK by a hygrometer (float spindle type, not little balls). Ammeter shows no charge or 0 amps in all positions on the switch.

I have used a v/ohm/resistance tester on the switch. Light position works, but other terminals show no change in resistance from the off position (I don't know if I am checking across the correct terminals).

Other possibilities... Oil on generator (leaky valve cover gasket)? Oil in generator (no cover over the holes)? Could I have simply grounded the generator?

Your insight needed! HELP

Thanks, Charlie

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Duey (IA)

07-06-2003 16:20:39

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 Re: WD 45 Charging/electrical problem in reply to Charlie(IA), 07-06-2003 14:30:57  
Make sure the junction box that the switch is located in is grounded. The switch will not provide the resistance needed to make the generator charge unless it is grounded to the battery box. (screw in bottom left corner of the switch box) Duey

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07-07-2003 05:16:04

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 Re: Re: WD 45 Charging/electrical problem in reply to Duey (IA), 07-06-2003 16:20:39  
Thanks Duey!

I'll double check the ground there...


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07-07-2003 19:42:21

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 Re: Re: Re: WD 45 Charging/electrical problem in reply to Charlie(IA), 07-07-2003 05:16:04  
charlie, the "F" terminal on the generator is grounded thru the light switch. If you want to test the generator without the switch, just run a jumper wire from the "F"terminal of the generator to ground bolt on the tractor frame. If the ampmeter charges, you have light switch "resistor" problems. if it still dont charge, check the cutout relay on the generator, or maybe the generator itself. post again if you got more questions on more tests.

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