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I have a 20 hp kohler v twin that has a charging problem

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I have a 20 hp kohler v twin that has a charging problem it has a new regulator and stator voltage output is 12.8 and 2 amps .battery volts are 12.4 .ac voltage from the stator is 16.5 at governed rpm and 9.2 at idle . could there be a magnet problem .magnets look good and flywheel looks good - please help Duane
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Rick replied 7 years ago.

Hi Duane,


On most Kohler systems, you should be getting 28+ VDC from the stator at 3400-3600 rpms. Can you give me your model and spec numbers so I can check what you should be getting? Is this a 15 amp system?


Your flywheel magnets should be able to pull a dangled screwdriver from about an inch away with a brisk snap.


Let me know and we'll continue...


Best wishes, Rick

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes the flywheel will pull a dangled screwdriver and yes it is a 15 amp system- model # XXXXX spec # XXXXX
Expert:  Rick replied 7 years ago.

Rectifier B+ (center terminal) output is 13.8-14.7 VDC at 3600 rpm.


Stator output is 28+ VAC at 3600 rpm.


Stator resistance (engine stopped) is .0.64/0.2 ohms between both leads.


Also check each lead to ground, should read infinity or else the winding is shorted to ground.


Are the contact points where the stator and the engine come together clean? Clean them with a bit of sandpaper to ensure good contact to ground.


Let me know...

Expert:  Rick replied 7 years ago.



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Edited by Rick on 9/17/2009 at 10:06 PM EST