Thanks for the reply.Disconnect the solenoid and see if that solves the drain. Also loosen and clean the frame ground for the wiring harness and do the same for the negative cable motor ground. Let us know how it goes if you can and welcome to the forums!
EDIT: While the solenoid is disconnected check it with an ohms meter if ya got one, see if it is shorted. Also look up the starting section in the manual and do continuity tests on every component that you see on the diagram at the beginning of that section.
- I disconnected the solenoid and conducted the tests outlined in the service manual on page 19-7, continuity and voltage tests passed.
- I found the ground for the motor to frame and negative battery terminal to frame everything is clean and tight; I am still looking for the ground for the wiring harness. I did test
continuity from a wiring harness ground pin to the frame and got .3 ohm so I am pretty sure that ground is good as well.
- I did determine that my multimeter fuse was blown so after replacing I retested the "Battery Current Leakage" test on page 17-9, and am confused by the results: at initial
connection I am reading 6.9mA but it is fluctuating and within 15 seconds it stabilizes at 1.09 mA. The 6.9 reading is out of spec but the stabilized 1.09 reading is within, so I am
calling it good - What are you thoughts? :sad
- The "Charging Coil" test passed with .3 to .4 ohms on all three stator leads.
- The "Regulated Voltage Test" on page 17-8 failed, I was reading 18.3 VDC with the engine running at half throttle, which is way over the 15.5v limit. :sad
- The "Regulator/Rectifier" cable inspection on page 17-11 passed.
From the test results above, I think the Regulator/Rectifier is bad. Do you agree or am I missing something?
Thanks again for any ideas, suggestions you have.