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How do I Test a Honda 300 Stator Coil?

by William Hirsch

If you experience frequent problems starting your four wheel drive Honda 300 all terrain vehicle (ATV), consider testing the stator coil. Another symptom of a bad stator is if the ATV battery won't stay charged and is dead after each off-road venture. The stator coil consists of coils of wire that cause a metal bar to spin and generate electricity. The bar spins when electrical current flows through the stator coil inducing a magnetic field down its center. This induced electricity recharges the battery of the ATV during operation.

Switch the power on for the digital multimeter.

Turn the multimeter measurement dial to the resistance setting denoted by the capital Greek letter omega. Resistance measures the amount a wire limits the flow of electricity. The ohm is the unit of resistance.

Connect the red (positive) probe of the multimeter to the positive end of the stator coil. Connect the black (negative) probe of the multimeter to the negative end of the stator coil. Compare the resistance reading that appears on the multimeter screen to that given in the Honda 300 owner's manual. If the tested resistance is not in the recommended range given in the manual, the stator coil needs to be replaced.

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About the Author

William Hirsch started writing during graduate school in 2005. His work has been published in the scientific journal "Physical Review Letters." He specializes in computer-related and physical science articles. Hirsch holds a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University in theoretical physics, where he studied particle physics and black holes.

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