Do you suspect the poor running of your motorcycle is related to your charging system and, in particular, your stator?
Yes, until it fails. Your stator is an essential part of your charging system for your motorcycle. Without you, we are up the creek without a paddle. However, identifying and diagnosing an issue can be daunting as most motorcyclists are wary of the electrical system on their motorcycles.
Can you ride a motorcycle with a bad stator?
Yes, you can until it fails. Your motorcycle will not run perfectly, and the engine may seem rough and lumpy because it’s not getting the correct power required.
Once the stator deteriorates, your spark will be weak, and misfiring will be commonplace with poor performance.
Here is the problem, mainly if you only ride during daylight hours. How are you going to self diagnose the problem?
A slew of problems could cause a misfire, and engines not running correctly could be an indication your engine needs tuning.
You may find your motorcycle runs perfectly at lower revs but as soon as you start to accelerate, the performance drops, and you may even get the occasional misfire.
What does a misfire have to do with your charging system? Quite a lot, as your ignition coil will start to perform out of spec if your stator is terrible.
For the inexperienced DIY motorcycle mechanic, a bad stair is a nightmare to diagnose, and many hours will be wasted before you get to the bottom of the problem.
What causes a motorcycle stator to fail?
Wear and tear and age are the main factors of a deteriorating stator. They just don’t last forever and are frequently overlooked even though they are an essential component of your motorcycle.
Heat. Cold, wind, rain, vibration, and the ingress of microscopic particles are all factors in why a stator fails. These environmental elements are challenging to eliminate but contribute to premature failure.
Stairs are designed to give a certain voltage output. If you run lots of accessories on your motorcycle, you may exceed the output rating of the stator. The stator will try to keep up with the excess demands and generate more power than it was designed to. Ultimately this is another reason why your stairs will prematurely wear out and fail.
Will a motorcycle start with a bad rectifier?
Your motorcycle initially requires your battery to start the engine. A bad stator will eventually stop sending a charge to the battery, and at this point, you will not be able to start your motorcycle.
Learn the signs and symptoms of a bad stator, and it will save you hours of diagnostics and save you money.
If you have a misfire and your engine is not running, it could be a sign you have a weak power spark and inadequate power supply from your stator.