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#1 bolens1053 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 03:23 PM

My bolens 1053 is not charging the battery I have no idea why it hasn't charged the battery since I bought it in December. Does any one have any ideas? :help::help:

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 04:03 PM

I'm assuming you got the original wisconsin engine and delco remy starter on it?

If you do, there are a number of things that could be the culprit.
Most likely you will need to rebuild your starter. The armature or brushes may be faulty or you may have a faulty voltage regulator.
I usually take my starter and voltage regulator to my local electrical motor repair shop and they will test the voltage regulator and run the starter on the growler.

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 07:19 PM

yes i do have the starter generator we have rebuilt it and we have put in a new voltage regulator.

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 08:45 PM

Are you sure you got it wired correctly?
Did you re-polarize it before you hooked it up?

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 06:33 PM

well I looked at it today and it charges the battery only when it is idling then when you rev it up it stops charging.

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 07:15 PM

Does the ammeter go into the negative or does it stay near the zero?

Check and see what readings you are getting when its charging and when its not with a voltmeter if you have one

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 07:47 PM

when it was at its low idle it was on the charge side of the ammeter and then when i revved it up it jumped back to the other side of the ammeter. Then I tested it with a volt meter and it was 13 volts and then I turned the tractor off and it when down to 12 like it was charging it is a confusing tractor.

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Posted March 21, 2011 - 05:01 AM

I think I have the delco remy service manual that says something about this problem. I will look into it and see what I can find.
I probably wont get to it until tomorrow.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 07:08 AM

Now the starter generator isn't even puting any voltage out the inside is very worn out i think I will need to replace it

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 11:16 AM

Now the starter generator isn't even puting any voltage out the inside is very worn out i think I will need to replace it


As Brian asked earlier, Did you polarize the generator after rebuilding and re-installing the generator?

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 04:17 PM

No I did not could you tell me how to polarize a starter generator no one in my family knows how to most I have never even heard of polarizing till the other day

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 04:37 PM

My 67 MF12H does EXACTLY as you described, except it does still put out at idle, but I haven't gotten round to repairing it.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 06:30 PM

Here's a Link to a PDF 3 page manual on servicing Wisconsin accessories. Servicing Wisconsin Accessories - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 03:52 AM

I won't try to print this as gospel, but I remember reading a few times that polerizing is only needed for generator only aplications.
Starter/generators, ie. moter/generators, get polerized when the moter/starter function is used. The application of external power for that purpose is basicly the same as prescribed in the service bulletin.




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