What's it doing that makes you think it has a short Bill? The only way I know to check them is to put a voltmeter on the battery then start unplugging things until something makes a difference. Actually, measuring amp draw would be better.
It went from a battery every 2 years to 2 batteries a year. A friend Showing me to disconnect Battery and And hook Voltmeter Between bike and battery. Thanks, Zoom for the help I will try in the morning.What's it doing that makes you think it has a short Bill? The only way I know to check them is to put a voltmeter on the battery then start unplugging things until something makes a difference. Actually, measuring amp draw would be better.
Yeah, I've got one of those. But I've found in small amp draw conditions the inline method works better for me. My clamp-on will change a few milliamps just moving it around on the cable. Plus a lot of folks have regular VOM's as they can be had cheap.They do have DC clamp/inductive pickup meters these days.
It's hard to detect that low of a voltage, sometimes just other nearby electrical items will indicate that much. To be sure, switch the meter to milliamps and do it inline like I suggested above. No reading there then you will know for sure.Well I got rid all leds but the rims. Looks like phone charger was a large drain /short. Looks like wires on air ride has corrosion on pressure accurater for digital air ride led. Now I have .01 of a volt. Key off and 12.70 with key on.
thanks Zoom .. yeah i thought so but i wasn't 100% sure about the red wire .. thanks mate ...You can do it on either battery cable, but doing it with the ground is safer. That way if you touch something on the frame you won't have a short.
Remove the battery cable. Set the VOM to amps, if you have a heavy short such as is blowing fuses, set it on the 10 amp setting. Usually there are 3 plug in ports on a VOM, one for negative, one for positive, and one for 10 amp. Then hook or touch the negative probe of the VOM to the negative battery terminal, and the positive end to the battery cable. 10 amps will handle the fuel pump priming when you turn the key on, but it won't handle starting.
That's it, unhook cable, put negative probe on the battery negative post, then touch the other probe to the battery cable. Power flows through the meter and you get a reading.