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need to know how to repair charging system on a yamaha adventure 1200 series 1983-1984?

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I have a 1983 Yamaha adventure 1200 series and I need the specks on the charging system, the battery won't stay charged. Battery is good but loses it's charge

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I would make sure there is not a broken wire in the system going to the charging ring and regualtor by hooking up a continuity tester,if no wires are broken or shorted then your problem is the charging ring or the voltage regulator.I would suggest to change them both,if one is still good won't be long before it goes as well,good luck

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check charging system?

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i have a 08 ford and my check charging system keeps coming on and I'm smelling a burn like smell coming from the a/c

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If you have an 08, then it is still under warranty. You could void the warranty if you do anything major to it Don't do anything, just take it back to the dealer you bought it from and have them do their warranty repair

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free charging system check -- what is it and how to get one?

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In response to another question about windscreen wipers running slowly on my car, someone wrote: "I'd have a free charging system check performed on that vehicle asap." I'm not sure if that post was from the US or UK (I'm in the UK). If it is in the UK, would my regular mechanic likely do it, or is it only larger garages that'd do it for free? Thanks so much -- this board is great!

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The charging system on any car has the following things. The battery, which is like a bank account, it holds electrical energy for starts, which take the most voltage, to spin the starter motor, which starts the engine. The alternator, which runs while the engine is ruining, to produce electrical power, to run the system, and to put a charge back into the battery, to keep it topped up. The voltage regulator, which decides how much the alternator needs to produce, to make everything run nicely. It is like a circle, with the energy being produced by the alternator and used to fire the spark plugs and power the radio and all the other electrical parts, and the excess being put back into the battery, for future use. All of the system components have to work together to make it all run properly. Signs of problems with the charging system can be..... dim headlights, slow turn signal flashing, heater motor running slower than normal, and of course, failure to start at all. A charging system test is not just a test of the battery alone. It has to check all of the parts of the system, including the alternator, voltage regulator, wiring and battery connections. A corroded battery terminal or cable, can prevent enough power getting to the starter motor, to make the car not start. The starter motor draws the MOST power of any part in the electrical system in the car. Most modern repair garages have a charging system tester that will diagnose the problem, and point to what needs to be replaced, to make it right, again. Don't just start buying parts, know what it needs by doing a proper test, first. Jim B. Toronto. Otnario. Canada,

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Need help with 1994 Dodge Ram Charging System Repair.?

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I am working on a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.2L 4x4. It belongs to my dad. He said he tried to start it today and the battery was dead. He jumped it and drove it to a battery place and they tested the battery and told him it was not the battery. They thought it was the alternator. When I went to his house to check it out, it started right up, but the voltage gauge was pretty low, but not in the red yet. I took the truck to my house, stopping on the way to buy a new alternator. On the drive home the voltage gauge started to slip lower and lower, eventually getting to the red and making the truck run like crap...the radio and gauge lights were so dim they were almost impossible to see. Headlights were not on, this was during the day. I got home and put the new alternator in. I had to jump it because the battery was dead. Once started, I checked the voltage gauge..it was low, but not in the red. Within 5 minutes it was in the red again, so I turned the ignition off. I went out to pull the codes and I got code 12 and code 37. I know 12 if because I disconnected the battery, and code 37 is low voltage at the torque converter clutch lock up sensor, probably a symptom of this, but not the cause I assume. Ok, so, any suggestions about what this might be? Does the ECU regulate the charging system voltage in 1994 model year? What is the black box you have to attach to the back of the alternator? Could this be bad? It is hard wired in, so I bet it is a dealer only part. What else should I check? Thanks for any help.

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Yes the ECU controls the voltage, what you describe sound like you have a bad battery and you can get all kind of codes when the voltage is low, My advice... take your battery to a shop and have it charge for an hour, put it back and see what happens, get a voltmeter and check the voltage at the battery (on the terminals no the cables)if the battery is bad you'll see the drop on voltage, a good battery will power the vehicle for over 1 hour if the alternator is bad, good luck

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How often do air conditioning units need to be charged with freon?

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We have been having terrible problems with our central air conditioning unit. Our house is about 8 years old and we have a zone system (separate heating and cooling thermostats for upstairs and downstairs). For the past 2 years the unit is not cooling the house properly (heating works fine). We had the dampers replaced 2 years ago and I know the dampers are fine. We have had several repair technicians look at the unit. They always recharge the unit with more Freon (3 times in 1 summer) after claiming to fix a leak. This past weekend again a repair person claimed that we had an internal leak in the unit. He said that he had plugged the leak and then he charged the unit with Freon. Not only did this not work (our house continued to get hotter from 73F to 85F while AC was running all day) the pipe coming from the unit outside our house was all frozen over with ice (all the way to where the insulation started). Any suggestions or help will be appreciated. Thank you.

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A system only needs to be charged once, when it is installed. If it gets a leak, the leak must be repaired, and verified that it is repaired with a vacuum test. It is a laborious process, and some homeowners would rather just juice up the machine each year than spend the funds to get it repaired. Some units have leaks that can never be identified. There are lots of fittings, small bends in the coils, and hundreds of feet of tubing that need to be traced with an accurate tool. Many Tech's don't have access to this tool, and rely on soap bubbles to identify leaks. Contact the manufacturer of your unit, and have them recommend a competent company in your area. If it is the company that you've been using, explain that they have not fixed the unit. For very hard to find leaks, there is a product available that can be added to the refrigerant similar to "Stop Leak" for your auto radiator. This product is rather spendy, about the same price as five pounds of refrigerant, but if you are charging your unit each season, it would be worth the investment. Contact the company that "repaired" the leak last time, and ask how the technician verified that the leak was repaired, and how he verified that the charge was correct.

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Xbox 360 repair charge????

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Does anyone else think its outrageus to pay £60.00 to get it fixed? Its the second time its broke first the 3 red lights and now no picture but sound......ive been on the phone to Xbox for 45mins spoke to someone in India then transfered to some dude in America, they tell you that the red light problem will be fixed on any Xbox, BUT if you have problem i have now you get charged £60.00 day light robbery if you ask me, Why was it the old school consels never had this problem, Master System, Snes, N64, PS1, PS2, even the old Xbox. to be fair i dont over use the Xbox 360 that much 1hr every other night, i think its unfair that you haft to pay when you look on the internet theres alot of other people with this problem, i dont thik the Xbox 360 should be fit for SALE. Also the fact they charge you £40.00 a year to use it on Xbox Live and charge £40/£50.00 for a game, i think Bill Gates ort pull his finger out of his arse and stop being so greedy. Whats anyone elses views?????

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i've just had mine repaired for free for the second time and have been told that if it happens again i will be sent a new xbox and not have mine repaired again, have you registered your x box? damn the red ring of death.

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tenant put in alarm system without landlord permission?

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tenant put in alarm system without landlord permission and when moved out tore the alarm door sensor out so the alarm would not work can we keep the security deposit we are in california

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You can charge for the cost of repairing the damage caused by ripping the system out. You cannot charge for restoring the system. You should do periodic inspections to ensure tenants are not doing this kind of thing. What if you needed to enter in an emergency situation, like a gas or water leak?

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charging system on 06 XL883L Sportster?

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My check engine light has come on[several times]. I took it to the shop and now they are saying I have a problem with my battery, stator, and maybe my regulator. I just bought the motocycle, it has set up for 2 yrs. It starts just fine and after I had the 1000 mile checkup it runs great. Except the check engine light. I am new to riding and really enjoy it. I bought me a repair manual. any suggestions. I hate paying for labor cost. i just spent over 500 and now they want to charge me another 600. I have friends who will help me with the mechanical work. I am a little mechanicaly inclined myself.

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I am not familiar with Harleys check engine light system, do try the first guys suggestion about unhooking the battery. However, to check the charging system use a digital voltmeter to measure battery voltage, then start the bike and hold a high idle speed, the voltage should increase to somewhere between 13.5 and 15 volts. IF it does, then your charging system is OK and your battery is suspect (although you say it starts fine?). You said the bike had sat for 2 years, do you know if the battery had gone dead during that time, if a battery sits dead for anything but a short time they sulfate inside and go bad? It is possible that your battery may be working OK and still have one or two dead cells. IF you don't see that voltage reading you have a charging system problem. The system is quite simple, a solid state regulator/rectifier unit and the stator winding (located behind the clutch, I think). Good luck finding your problem.

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charging system on 1995 ford ranger?

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I replaced the alternator twice, first with a rebuilt and finally with a new one, but it's still not charging. What should be my next step?

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Buy yourself a cheap Volt-meter, then read this article. After confirming that the Alternator is really not charging, I'd start with the voltage drop tests, then check the field circuit. http://www.aa1car.com/library/charging_checks.htm The voltage regulator could be the problem, even with an internal/attached one like yours, but what are the odds they would be bad with both alternators? The field circuit though, is what tells the alternator what to do. Hard to say which you would have for sure, but a rebuilt/new alternator would come with a new voltage regulator either way. Here's what the one that's mounted on the outside would look like. It mounts in the hole in the back upper left part of the alternator in this picture; http://repairguide.autozone.com/znetrgs/repair_guide_content/en_us/images/0996b43f/80/21/b7/d5/medium/0996b43f8021b7d5.gif As far as wiring problems, high resistance is more likely than a short, hence the voltage drop tests. If you had a short, your fusible links would melt, and/or you would have an electrical fire.

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Getting XBOX 360 Repaired?

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My 360 has been having the E71 error and has been freezing alot lately . Its a Core system from 2006, If i send it in can they fix these problems?

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Microsoft does charge 99 dollars if you do the submit the order online or 119 dollars if you do submit the order over the phone for being out of warranty and yes they will try to repair it or swap it out with another one most likely what will happen http://support.xbox.com/en-us/pages/xbox-360/troubleshoot/repair/repair-process.aspx

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