Question about Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic Motorcycles
Well, let's determine why it's not charging or simply take it to the dealer and let them figure it out.
First, take the battery out of the bike and have it tested. The Softail bikes are extremely rough on batteries because of the battery's location. It's enclosed inside that hot oil tank. Between the heat and the vibration, batteries take a licking in a Softail. Take it to an automotive parts store and ask them to load test it for you. If it's good, we'll test the charging system.
To test the system, you'll need a DVOM (digital volt ohm meter). To test the system, you'll need a FULLY CHARGED BATTERY in the bike. Connect the red meter lead to the positive terminal and the black meter lead to the negative terminal. Set the meter's function selector to DC VOLTS, 20 VOLTS or greater scale. Start the engne and bring it to a high idle. The meter should read 14.5-15.0 volts.
To test the alternator's output, unplug the plug at the front of the engine cases. Down in the engine side of the plug, you'll see two metal contacts. These contacts are where we're going to make our next test. Since the output is AC voltage, it makes no difference which meter lead goes to which contact. Set you meter's function switch to AC VOLTS, 50 VOLTS or greater. Start the engine and insert one meter lead into each metal contact. Your meter should read at least 30 volts.
Now, if your alternator test failed, you'll need a new stator in your engine. If the alternator test passed but the battery test failed, your regulator is probably the culprit.
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