Think I have a ground short. - Road Glide Forums
Tech Area For Tutorials and Instructional Materials

 1Likes
  • 1 Post By ChromeSpark
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Rattletrap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Ohio
Posts: 30
Think I have a ground short.

What is the easiest way to track down a ground short? I know this will be expensive to have mechanic do it and if my bike sits for more than a week the battery is dead. And yes ,already bought new battery so doubt it is that.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Rattletrap is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 07:31 AM
Life Member
 
Mike U's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 5,749
Rattletrap, an easy way to check for an open circuit, (short to ground) is with a Test Light.
Remove the power feed (fuse, control module) from the suspected circuit.
Disconnect the load and connect one lead of the Test Light to battery positive voltage.
Connect the other lead of the Test Light to one end of the circuit to be tested.
If the Test Light illuminates, there is a short to ground in that circuit.
Hope this helps.
Mike U.

USMC 1975-1977
Semper Fi!
Nothing else matters!

Last edited by Mike U; 01-07-2017 at 07:37 AM.
Mike U is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 03:18 PM
Life Member
 
ChromeSpark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Euless, TX
Posts: 2,572
Garage
So you think you have a parasitic power draw. In cars we've found them by hooking up a micro amp meter (on the battery), then start pulling fuses until you find one that drops the load by a large amount. That will tell you it's on that circuit. If you have pulled all fuses and still have the large draw, start looking for aftermarket hookups (usually what we'd find, ie. amp hardwired to power and draining battery, or similar). In fact normally it was something that was added, every once in a while we'd find a control module that wasn't going to sleep, like it should. Good luck!
MightyWhitey likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

"It's a motorcycle, itīs not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then."
ChromeSpark is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Rattletrap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Ohio
Posts: 30
Thanks for the info. I will try this once it is warm enough to work on my bike. Unfortunately don't have a garage and the shed is just to cold to start a new project.
i did install hogtunes amp and speakers last year but not sure how to hook it up other than the way it shows in instructions which is straight to the battery. any suggestions on how to do that to see if that solves the issue?
Rattletrap is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 07:42 AM
Life Member
 
Ohiobellboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Canton, oHIo
Posts: 4,615
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rattletrap View Post
Thanks for the info. I will try this once it is warm enough to work on my bike. Unfortunately don't have a garage and the shed is just to cold to start a new project.
i did install hogtunes amp and speakers last year but not sure how to hook it up other than the way it shows in instructions which is straight to the battery. any suggestions on how to do that to see if that solves the issue?
You can pull the fuse for the amp and see if that solves the problem. One question about the wiring on that amp. IIRC, there's two power leads, one to the battery and another to a switched power source to turn on the amp. That "remote on" wire isn't going to constant 12v power is it?

A.K.A OBB
Check out the Ohio Glide Riders community page:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Ohiobellboy is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Rattletrap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Ohio
Posts: 30
[QUOTE=Ohiobellboy;3760986]You can pull the fuse for the amp and see if that solves the problem. One question about the wiring on that amp. IIRC, there's two power leads, one to the battery and another to a switched power source to turn on the amp. That "remote on" wire isn't going to constant 12v power is it?[/QUO

One goes to positive battery terminal one goes to the back of 12v power source(cigarette lighter).
Rattletrap is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 04:57 PM
Life Member
 
Ohiobellboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Canton, oHIo
Posts: 4,615
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rattletrap View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohiobellboy View Post
You can pull the fuse for the amp and see if that solves the problem. One question about the wiring on that amp. IIRC, there's two power leads, one to the battery and another to a switched power source to turn on the amp. That "remote on" wire isn't going to constant 12v power is it?
One goes to positive battery terminal one goes to the back of 12v power source(cigarette lighter).

You should be good on that then unless the short is in that CL circuit.

A.K.A OBB
Check out the Ohio Glide Riders community page:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Ohiobellboy is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Road Glide Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I think I have another convert Bleachey General Off-Topic Discussions 3 08-08-2016 11:24 AM
911- I think its a ground problem... Braveheart1222 Audio 7 10-24-2014 09:36 PM
So you think you have a man cave ?? JacktheBagger Videos 8 11-17-2012 05:35 PM
I think I may have found.... outcast1 *General Road Glide Discussions/Pictures 6 02-13-2012 04:34 PM
I'm short are you short? WhoaD00DHD General Off-Topic Discussions 30 10-17-2011 09:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome