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Ducati Diavel Service Manual: Checking the battery charging system

To check the current flow of the recharging circuit, use the "dds" diagnosis instrument, which is equipped with an inductive clamp-type amperemeter: refer to chapter "testing the battery charging system", sect. 6 - 11 With the dds diagnosis instrument you can determine the engine rpm required for the alternator to produce sufficient current to charge the battery, feed the injection/ignition system and all the electrical equipment on the motorcycle. When applied to a cable, the clamp-type amperemeter detects the magnetic field generated by the current passing through that cable.

The tester performs an automatic calibration routine using its own transducer. If the measured current is a positive quantity, it means that generator is feeding all electric items and charging battery at the same time. A negative value means that charging system is not powering the loads and a significant amount of current must be supplied by the battery, which is discharging at the time of the measurement.

Or it is possible to use a multimeter (sect. 6 -11, Diagnostic instruments); connect the multimeter probes to the battery terminals, select the dc scale on the instrument and check for the presence of 14.5 V+/-0.5 At an engine speed of 3000 rpm.

Important

If polarity is reversed when clamping the ammeter onto the cable, the sign of the readings will also be reversed, giving rise to incorrect diagnosis.

Checking the battery charging system


Battery charging system
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Recharging the battery
Examine the label on the battery showing the check intervals in order to determine when to test the voltage. Charge the battery if the open circuit voltage is lower than 12.8 V. Leaving the b ...

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Warning indication (alarms/signals)
The instrument panel activates in real-time some warnings / malfunction that are not dangerous for the correct operation of the vehicle. At key-on (at the end of the check) one or more "warnings" are displayed if they are active. When a "warning" is triggered, the indica ...

Overhaul of the flywheel-alternator assembly
Examine the inner part of alternator rotor (24) for signs of damage. Check that the starter clutch is working properly and that the needle races do not show signs of wear or damage of any kind. If there is any malfunction, remove the whole assembly. Disassembling the generator flywheel U ...

Refitting the alternator-side crankcase cover
Before the assembly make sure that the water pump unit is fitted on the generator cover (sect. 9 - 3.3, Refitting the water pump). If bearing (27) has been removed, lubricate its seat with specified grease to fit it on the generator cover (13). Fit bearing completely in its seat and orien ...

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