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help....

hi, im haveing trouble with the battery not getting charged whilst running..
can someone tell me where the reg/rectifier is on my 1993 3tb xt600e....and any other ideas what it could be,thanks in advance...punchy
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Under the rear fender!
You should check all your wiring for any bare cables and bad connections...

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thanks Vando..is there anyway of testing it to see if its working, as i have no
electrical testing equipment...
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thanks Vando..is there anyway of testing it to see if its working, as i have no
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Not really !! You need a multimeter. They're only about £5
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thanks Vando..is there anyway of testing it to see if its working, as i have no
electrical testing equipment...
A very rule of thumb method is to get the bike out of bright sunlight, start it up and put the headlight on then rev the bike up. If the headlight gets significantly brighter then the charging system is working, to some extent at least. That may suggest a battery problem and is more likely to be so if the battery is old or the bike has been unused for a long period. It could also be the wiring from the regulator to the battery.
If this test reveals that the headlight is not getting brighter when you rev the engine then, as Ted says, you will need some testing equipment to pin down where the fault lies.
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ive just bought a multi meter,can anyone tell me where and what to test please...............thanks
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also, is the small parking light in the headlight supposed to be on whilst the
main beam is operated...whilst revving the engine the headlight just stays at the same brightness..ive checked all the wiring and found ok..all connections are clean and tight...
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also, is the small parking light in the headlight supposed to be on whilst the
main beam is operated...whilst revving the engine the headlight just stays at the same brightness..ive checked all the wiring and found ok..all connections are clean and tight...
Lights getting brighter just show that the generator is working....

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Set the multimetre to VOLTS. Range 0-20v

Put the black probe to the battery EARTH and the red probe to battery LIVE.

With the bike NOT running the voltage should be 12.5 or higher for a healthy battery.

Now with the bike RUNNING, the voltage should go up to about 14.5 or something similar.

Rev the engine up and the voltage should climb no higher than about 14.5. That shows that the voltage is being "regulated".
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its not showing anything on my gauge ..unless im doing some thing wrong
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its not showing anything on my gauge ..unless im doing some thing wrong
You mean 0 or nothing ??

unless your batter is completly and totally dead beyond comprehension, you should be getting something.
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sorry ted it was my fault..connections on multi meter not pushed all the way in...anyhow its now reading 12.+ when stood and when revved its going up to
15. on gauge...any ideas about the side light issue ?...should it stay on when
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Park light is always on when the ignition is on, so yes
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sorry ted it was my fault..connections on multi meter not pushed all the way in...anyhow its now reading 12.+ when stood and when revved its going up to
15. on gauge...any ideas about the side light issue ?...should it stay on when
headlight is being used..?
Sounds normal..
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Hi,

If the electricity is working check if there is still enough distilled Water in the battery. When I'm traveling i need to refill the battery every few months...

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Keep the multimeter and play with it a bit... it's great for trouble shooting.

This time it sounds like the battery wasn't accepting the charging amps... checking the battery connections might have value but it's most likely just the battery .. Someone already mentioned the fluid.

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