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I have a 1985 year model 116 John Deere mower. My charging system is not working. I checked the single wire coming from the stator and it shows continuity or ground. Is this normal?

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It should have continuity. This provides main power to coil and spark. This will also in return lead to your cdi and charge your system as well.

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  2. Set multimeter for AC volts.
  3. Attach RED test lead to either pin on stator side of stator connector. (On single wire leads, attach RED test lead to the single pin.)
  4. On two wire lead models, attach Black test lead to the other pin. On single wire stator connectors attach the Black test lead to the engine ground.
  5. Prepare the lawn tractor for engine start (set parking brake, blade off, etc). Start engine and run at full throttle.
  6. Check output. Output for engines of this general size run in the 30 to 50 volt range. For instance the B&S V twin 22 hp AC output at full throttle is 30 Volts minimum. Other B&S on these machines spec 40 Volt minimum.
If your voltages are not in the manufacturers range, or non-existent, your stator is partly shorted or completely burnt out (open circuit). Either way you have to replace it.

A. In the picture is a single lead stator connector.
B. In the picture is a two wire stator connector.
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