Motorcycle

Motorcycle Questions? Ask a Mechanic.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Motorcycle
This answer was rated:

I saw your posts helping a customer diagnose a bad stator on

Jeff, I saw your posts helping...
Jeff,
I saw your posts helping a customer diagnose a bad stator on a Polaris Ranger. I might be having a similar problem. I have a 2003 Polaris Ranger 4x4 series 11.
There is a red wire under the hood that melted at its connection going into one of three little black boxes. The other wires in that box are 1 solid yellow, 1 yellow with red tracer, and 1 brown (to ground). The yellow wire with red tracer makes a connection and splits, going to each of the other two black boxes and back into the harness.
I cut out the melted connector and installed an inline 15amp fuse, which eventually blew. All electronics seem to be working fine, except the battery does not seem to be charging since the connection at the red wire was lost, and is only a couple of months old.
Could there be something wrong with the charging system to overheat the red wire?
Any help would be appreciated.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Answered in 55 minutes by:
11/12/2017
Louie
Louie, Technician
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 12,909
Experience: 25+ yrs. experience
Verified

Hi and welcome to JustAnswer, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.
Initially, have you tried with the regulator temporarily disconnected? ...would the fuse still blow?

This is an independent site and members of this online community provide information, repair tips, technical assistance as a form of paid Q & A service.

Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Hi Louie,Thank you for your response. I put a new fuse in and noticed that it did not blow while idling. I drove it a short distance with all electronics off and it blew. I disconnected the two yellow wires, leaving the red and ground connected, installed a new fuse and repeated the short drive. It did not blow.

Appreciate the post back.

"...new fuse...it blew..." before or even after "...disconnected the two yellow wires..." please?

Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My apologies, I first installed a fuse and took it for a drive to verify that it would blow, which it did. Then I disconnected the yellow wires and repeated the test with a new fuse, this time it did not.

I understand.

The above would be indicative of:

  • over-voltage from the stator (least likely);
  • over-charging from the regulator (most likely).
Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I see, I guess I will try to locate a new regulator and see if that fixes the problem.One follow up question: I had recently added a couple of LED lights and a radio, which are powered from the battery through a solenoid and a fuse box. This would not cause any problems would it? Especially if the fuse blew while all electronics were off?

No; unlikely as this fuse would have blown too if something went wrong with these add-ons/mods.

Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Great, thanks so much. I will let you know how the regulator works.

Glad that the above information may serve your purpose and if you haven’t done so, please provide a positive rating (3 to 5 stars) at the top of your page

Louie
Louie, Technician
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 12,909
Experience: 25+ yrs. experience
Verified
Louie and 87 other Motorcycle Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Louie Your Own Question
Louie
Louie
Louie, Technician
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 12,909
12,909 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 25+ yrs. experience

Louie is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Jeff Policky

Jeff Policky

Motorcycle Mechanic

2,425 satisfied customers

Yamaha Gold, Suzuki Gold, Honda Bronze, Polaris Bronze, BRP

Louie

Louie

Technician

12,909 satisfied customers

25+ yrs. experience

TIMOTO

TIMOTO

Motorcycle Mechanic

1,232 satisfied customers

Honda registered technician, silver level award, former Kawasaki/Suzuki tech, 40+ years exp.

Andre Pilon

Andre Pilon

Motorcycle Mechanic

1,032 satisfied customers

Over 25 years experience, ICS, MMI, Owned shop for 12 years, worked tech-support for Harley Davidson

Kenny O.

Kenny O.

Motorcycle, ATV, Mules, Side by Side's Product Specialist. All Brands

619 satisfied customers

Worked for Kawasaki Motors as a Product Support Specialist (Factory Support) for 24 years

asphaltcycles

asphaltcycles

Motorcycle Mechanic

458 satisfied customers

I operate a motorcycle dealership and CCS Ducati Race team.

Glenn Adams II

Glenn Adams II

Motorcycle/ATV Technician

393 satisfied customers

6 years Motorcycle/ATV/Water Craft; 4 years auto; 18 years carpenter

< Previous | Next >

Related Motorcycle Questions
Changed my belt on a 360 prairie, had the belt plug undone
Changed my belt on a 360 prairie, had the belt plug undone when I started it up, the belt light came on and won't go out. I have already tried changing the black and grey wires and unplugging the belt… read more
Chase Capicotti
Chase Capicotti
Ducati Tech 1
22 satisfied customers
We have a 500 kymco quad no spark, we have changed stator
we have a 500 kymco quad no spark, we have changed stator ignitor unit, ignition coil check all wires switches still no spark we were wondering if voltage reg could cause no spark … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
12,909 satisfied customers
Thanks. yeah my bike wont start. the bat is good fuses are
Hey, Thanks. yeah my bike wont start. the bat is good fuses are good but when i hit the ign bottom nothing happens. the lights deem while the bottom is down but thats it … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
12,909 satisfied customers
I have a Ktm 250 EXC. 2017 model. Bike won't start. Battery
I have a Ktm 250 EXC. 2017 model. Bike won't start. Battery strong. Turns over normal with the battery. Just wont start… read more
Chase Capicotti
Chase Capicotti
Ducati Tech 1
22 satisfied customers
The rubber piece between carb an air filter is crack will
the rubber piece between carb an air filter is crack will this cause it to start hard on my polaris 400 4 wheeler … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
12,909 satisfied customers
The battery isn't charging, not leaking charges ok with
the battery isn't charging JA: Have you tested the battery with a voltmeter? And can you see if it's leaking or not? Customer: not leaking charges ok with trickile charger JA: What is the model/year o… read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
12,909 satisfied customers
2006 400at Honda rancher wont shift out of low in auto or
2006 400at Honda rancher wont shift out of low in auto or manual mode and sputters in reverse … read more
Chase Capicotti
Chase Capicotti
Ducati Tech 1
22 satisfied customers
I have changed the stator and the rectifier and the battery
I have changed the stator and the rectifier and the battery still dies. … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
6,988 satisfied customers
I have a 95 suzuki ltf300f quad is there a interchangeable
i have a 95 suzuki ltf300f king quad is there a interchangeable carburator for it … read more
Dan
Dan
Auto Mechanics 1&2/diesel mech
0 satisfied customers
I'v got a question about a 99 Honda VTR250 engine noise. It
Hi, I'v got a question about a 99 Honda VTR250 engine noise. It has a kind of intermittent rattle in the engine. Kind of a tack tack tack tack thats there most of the time but disappears occasionally.… read more
Chris (aka - Moose)
Chris (aka - Moose)
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
108 satisfied customers
Any tips for installing air box on a 2007 Polaris xxsp 500
Any tips for installing air box on a 2007 Polaris xxsp 500 edge … read more
Pete
Pete
Independent Auto Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
138 satisfied customers
Someone knocked my bike over now it does not turn over to
Someone knocked my bike over now it does not turn over to start … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
6,988 satisfied customers
Can you tell me what to torque the bolts on a LS 650 rear
can you tell me what to torque the bolts on a LS 650 rear sproket belt drive Thanks … read more
Wayne S.
Wayne S.
Motorcycle Mechanic
Fully Licensed Motorcycle Mechanic
1,255 satisfied customers
I have a 2006 bombardier ds 90 four stroke. It idles
I have a 2006 bombardier ds 90 four stroke. It idles perfectly, as soon as i touch the throttle it boggs down severely. rebuilt the carb, replaced the spark plug, coil and cdi. … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
12,909 satisfied customers
I have a 2001 Kawasaki w 650. Can I disable the coasting
I have a 2001 Kawasaki w 650. Can I disable the coasting enricher? … read more
Chase Capicotti
Chase Capicotti
Ducati Tech 1
22 satisfied customers
Looking for engineering drawings on the 1903 Harley Davidson
Looking for engineering drawings on the 1903 Harley Davidson with the tank over the rear fender. … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
6,988 satisfied customers
I'm from New Zealand and after what is in the RT vent kit
Hi I'm from New Zealand and after what is in the RT vent kit###-##-#### Either text or photos would be great. Regards JB. ***@******.*** … read more
TIM MOHR
TIM MOHR
SHOP OWNER
Master's Degree
8,037 satisfied customers
Have 99 yamaha vmx 12 since new, replaced clutch no problem
have 99 yamaha vmx 12 since new, replaced clutch slave no problem started right up clik ln gear eng.missing bad clik N.runs and revs great.has 16000 mi. has D. Kirk stage one kit,dyna-3000 ignition at… read more
Wayne S.
Wayne S.
Motorcycle Mechanic
Fully Licensed Motorcycle Mechanic
1,255 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x