Now that you have the proper tools, you should learn some basic tips and techniques for soldering. Note the function switch is pointing to 200 in the Ohms section. It's a balancing act for the designers to make a package that looks good, falls within a certain weight, produces a certain horse power and has all the bells and whistles that consumers want these days. Only exposed portions of wires such as the connectors at each end can become corroded normally, and that corrosion can then spread down the wire, corroding the parts under the insulation as well. Soldering There are four basic concepts to understand about soldering that many people do not realize. In fact, this is mainly caused by using cheap crimp tools.
Meter Lead Connections Test leads are provided with the meter. If continuity can not be established, replace. So we have to be careful when making modifications or additions to the electrical loads on our bikes. Paypal: Green like powder on your battery, terminal, or wires is a bad sign. These are not big one-ton trucks with 20 pound alternators that have gobs of excess capacity. Cut out the majority the bad wire, leaving about an inch on each end for the new wire to connect to.
All vehicles will inevitably need maintenance - and we pay a premium in labor fees every time we take them in - but unlike an automobile, which has its electrical components hermetically sealed within its bodywork, the electrical components on a motorcycle are on display for all the world to see. He details the various tools, such as multimeters and test lights, that can be used to evaluate and troubleshoot any vehicle's electrical problem. Support my channel and videos with Patreon or Paypal, it helps to pay the bills and allows more material. The knowledge contained in Motorcycle Electrical Systems: Troubleshooting and Repair is your best tool for understanding your electrical system and diagnosing problems with your motorcycle. Unfortunately, there are no marine battery equivalents for most modern motorcycle batteries please email me if you know of a source. Traditionally, the physical size relates directly to the other ratings, so a battery designed to fit in a specific space will normally mandatorily have the right other values.
Note that advertisements for the affiliates may be placed on the product review pages. It can be a wire that is cut or chaffed through and shorting to the frame or, again, by a faulty switch. First, remember that the solder is not the main mechanical component for securing the components together. The turning of the magnetic field resulting from the spinning of the magnet induces an electrical current in the coiled wires surrounding the magnet, and from this all the electricity for the motorcycle is created. In the end, these relationships are something I must first memorize, then turn them over and over in my head while talking myself through the words until I feel comfortable with the concepts and understand how to apply them. The site owner is not responsible for its accuracy or validity.
I'm not going to go into details about servicing older style lead acid batteries nor how to use a hydrometer, because in the vast majority of modern motorcycles, the batteries are now sealed, maintenance-free units. Chapter 2 starts the motorcycle-related information, with Voltage Drop Testing. So all we have to do now is figure out how much of a load any new accessories we add are and then see if the bike has the excess capacity to handle it. Anything that can help me overcome this disability is welcome. After you analyze the results taken, you should be able to determine what the problem is and how to remedy it. When engine heat slowly degrades connectors or wires, the plastic turns brittle and allows water to intrude.
If you do not have any constant power accessories, you have tracked down the preliminary source of the problem. For cars, we recommend always replacing dead batteries with Marine-grade equivalent batteries, which are designed to lose only about 1% - 2% of their capacity each time they discharge. It shows that when you have the switch in the 'Left' position, the Orange and Gray wires are connected. Most people reading this will know these as those crimp-on connectors with the color-coded plastic shells. Dielectric grease is similar to vaseline, and is a product which displaces water and air.
Multiple Wire Splice: You can use variations of the Western Union Splice to splice three or more wires together as well. Note the letter K in the other resistance ranges. Once you have located the wire that is causing the problems, trace the wire all the way through the wiring harness, then find brand new automotive-rated multi-stranded wiring in the same gauge or a lower gauge i. Third is the electrical component and wiring harness connector. If water levels are found to be low compared to markings on the case, use corrective action next item.
Tracy Martin is a motorcycle Renaissance Man. Copyright 2001-2008, all rights reserved. Most modern solders have a resin core built in, so you do not have to apply it separately. Reading should be at least 12. If you do have constant-power accessories, disconnect each of them at the accessory, then remeasure at the battery.