No-Lights Kitty

"Dear Ralph" January 2, 2007 0
Dear Ralph: I have a l995 Arctic Cat 580 Powder Special. The sled runs fine but I have no head lights, tail lights, tach...

Dear Ralph:
I have a l995 Arctic Cat 580 Powder Special. The sled runs fine but I have no head lights, tail lights, tach or hand warmers. How should I check for stator output? Or, is it the A/C voltage regulator? Thanks for your articles in SnowTech Magazine, they are very informative.
Rich Birlem

The first rule is to check for wiring shorted to ground (chassis or frame). It could be any power lead anywhere on the chassis, but normally this would cause an intermittent condition, not a constant “off”. Therefore, most likely the regulator is shorted to ground or has failed, or the stator has no output. How to know which? Unplug the regulator at idle, and do not rev the engine or you will burn out every light bulb in the sled. If the lights (and tach) come on at all cut the ignition FAST, then you know it is the regulator. If no lights come on, then it is most likely the stator.

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