'81 Westy God-Awful Electrical System

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Re: '81 Westy God-Awful Electrical System

Post by cegammel » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:32 pm

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kreemoweet wrote:You should always get just about battery voltage between the neg. post and (disconnected) chassis ground. The battery is a voltage source, and that voltage should
appear at any point of disconnection in the circuit. What you should be concerned about is current (amps) when there shouldn't be any. Even the cheapest
multimeters usually have a 10 amp DC current measuring capability. I'm not sure I know what you mean by "direct" (as opposed to "indirect"?) short. I've always
considered a "direct" short to be something that produces explosive arcs and melted screwdrivers.
Good point on direct vs. indirect. Somewhere out there, there's a dodge pickup with a 5/16 boxend welded to the fender. Thanks for the input.

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Re: '81 Westy God-Awful Electrical System

Post by cegammel » Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:25 pm

I have no sparky whatsoever, even with everything hooked up (no radio at all, lights off). I have had the battery disconnected for the last couple of days. It is possible that my 30 minutes or so of driving wasn't enough to fully recharge after the fuel issue and multiple starting attempts that required. Also, I'm basing my drain issue on the indicator lights on the kitchen. I have not had any starting issues, so I may be overreacting. That battery lasted about a month hooked up before (indicator stayed green), and now the indicator drops to yellow in about 48 hours of not running (as far as I can tell, just the indicators and dash clock stay on, and those should be minimal).

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Re: '81 Westy God-Awful Electrical System

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:07 pm

cegammel wrote:I have no sparky whatsoever, even with everything hooked up (no radio at all, lights off). I have had the battery disconnected for the last couple of days. It is possible that my 30 minutes or so of driving wasn't enough to fully recharge after the fuel issue and multiple starting attempts that required. Also, I'm basing my drain issue on the indicator lights on the kitchen. I have not had any starting issues, so I may be overreacting. That battery lasted about a month hooked up before (indicator stayed green), and now the indicator drops to yellow in about 48 hours of not running (as far as I can tell, just the indicators and dash clock stay on, and those should be minimal).
Do a full overnight 2 amp trickle charge and base your observations on a hydrometer.
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Re: '81 Westy God-Awful Electrical System

Post by cegammel » Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:50 pm

Yeah..seems fine now. We'll see what happens in a few days.

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