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GeneW

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GeneW
Howdy, my 3314v Sovereign runs great. (1971). The generator light just started staying on while running at any speed. The battery seems to be holding a charge. The belt is tight. Not sure what is going on. Help anyone? Thanks Genew Thanks for the replies. Update: Shut it off today after mowing to get the meter out. Wouldn't start again. Had 12.5VDC on a resting battery. Just got the clicking sound and smoke from one of the S/G terminals. Not the F one, the other one. All the terminals on the S/G ring to ground, took it off the tractor tonight. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Gene W

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larry8200
Hi, I'm assuming you have a Briggs & Stratton engine with a Delco Starter / Generator. If you have a good battery in that, and the engine starts right up, you could take awhile to drain the battery to the point where it will no longer crank the engine. Put a good volt meter on and check your voltage. You should have 12-12.5 volts with key off, it should be about the same with engine idling and increase to 13-14 volts at 1/2 throttle and above. You may or may not know that Delco stopped building these systems 30 years ago and good parts can be hard to find - and expensive. Look for a post here later today I'm doing on this subject if your interested. I would spend $20 on a voltmeter to replace the idiot light. I just put a starter on mine and a voltmeter at the same time, the meter may have saved the unit from a overcharge situation which the light wont show. Good Luck, Larry

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larry8200
The clicking sound is the selonoid, if ti just clicks once that's how it works, if it's clicking repeatedly, it's not getting enough juice. The smoking terminal sounds like a bad connection. not sure what you mean "ring to ground" ohm mmeter continuity?

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shovelhead
Ringing is a old electrician's term for ohming out circuits. Ringing out a pair is to find the two wires that have continuity to each other. Ringing to ground is like you thought, just means continuity to ground.

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