I don't understand the tests...
After 18 months 100% reliability my 750 began thumbing its nose at me Friday evening. I noticed as I was riding home the analog voltmeter was suddenly stuck around 12v, dropping to almost 10v with fan, brakes, directionals and what not. I made it home and parked it, tired and stressed from the day, knowing I wouldn't be able to get to it until Saturday afternoon.
I began by dismantling everything and checking all the connections I could and by accident learned if the headlight is disconnected the system appeared to charge correctly (both via the voltmeter and battery). But once re-connected it didn't - sometimes the light wouldn't even come on! (note: AGM battery tests healthy reading 12.8v with no load and at idle, without headlight shows charging to around 14v - not so with headlight connected)
After physical wiring/fuse checks and tests with the cheap digital multimeter I don't really know how to use, searching this site for answers and guidance with an unwillingness to open up any part of the engine, I ended up with no understandable or useful results and not knowing what to do. Hours after I began, sweat soaked, filthy and WAY past frustration, I quit and canceled my trip to the National Rally to avoid my being stranded. (none of this includes the neat little oil leak from the shifter I discovered - I won't bother with the expletives, they'll just turn into ****** **** **** ****!!!!!)
I'm sooooo disappointed and feel like an idiot loser. I've never pretended I was any kind of mechanic, and while I've succeed with other maintenance just fine thanks to this site and its members, I just can't do it... not anymore. I'm all alone here, and sooner or later I'll take it in and let professionals set it right again. I'm too pissed off to even look at it right now.
2002 Nomad 1500
Last edited by msh1156; 07-12-2010 at 01:16 PM.