Have to rip into the R60/5s alternator...

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Sniper X, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Going to change the brushes and inspect it for any problems. It has a weird charge problem and I want it fixed. Anything I need top know other then what is in the manual? I have a factory service manual I will use....
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  2. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Just go through methodically. It's a pretty straightforward system.

    What sort of weird problem does it have?
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  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Hey Sniper...I've had a weird charging issue plague me for the last 6 months. I still don't have it completely fixed, but now I know what to look for. So, it acted up as thought the regulator had taken a vacation, the battery would be charging and I'd be ridding along and then the volt meter would act up and the charge light would come on bright. It was very intermittent and difficult to diagnose. What happened was that the front brush was getting hung up in the plastic brush holder. I changed the spring and still had it happen. I cleaned the crap out of the holder, and fingers crossed, it hasn't happened. So look real good in those brush holders for burrs and built up carbon, my spring was bent hence the replacement, hope yours is all good.!
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  4. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    That's happened to me as well. But usually it's the rear brush that wears more and is the first to make poor contact.

    My most recent charging problem was the light would come on sometimes riding at night. It would stay on for a mile or two, then go out. But not all the way - still glowing dimly, but not enough to see in daylight.

    Inspection found the brush leads had been poorly soldered and one was actually wiggling in the hole. Cleaned that up and she's been rock solid ever since - not even the slightest hint of a glow at night!
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