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John Deere Gator alternator check

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dmmakela
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3 superior wi
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2012-07-10          184203


How do you check the alternator on the John Deere 6x4 gator. Gas engine. I have checked the battery and the voltage regulator and both read good. but machine dies all the time even when running, and if you leave the headlights on for just a couple of minutes with the machine turned off it will die. .

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hardchines
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 9 Mid Hudson Valley , NY
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2012-07-10          184213


how did you check the battery, sounds like a old weak battery to me, machine off headlights should last a long time with a good battery, last time I changed the battery on my gator I installed a group 24 car battery, fits fine and lots of extra power for about the same cost.
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spyder
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 78 East of Taihape, New Zealand
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2012-07-10          184218


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Originally Posted by dmmakela | view 184203
How do you check the alternator on the John Deere 6x4 gator. Gas engine. I have checked the battery and thevoltage regulator and both read good. but machine dies all the time even when running, and if you leave the headlights on for just a couple of minutes with the machine turned off it will die. .

With the engine revving quite fast you will typically measure up to 14.5 or 15 volts across the battery - assuming the connections are clean.
How have you checked the battery? Just measuring the voltage won't show if it is actually any good (unless the voltage is way down).
If the battery is good it should run the headlights for at least a couple of hours without the motor running. ....

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dmmakela
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2012-07-10          184226


The battery is good it is new. Thank you for your answer. ....

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