Customers 02 road star Silverado...
Did oil change n other misc items..
I always check charging at battery when looking a bike over. Bike wasn't charging so did typical tests n found bad stator.. ...
I have to point out that this is an odd situation. Was the bike running when the customer brought it in?
The reason is it would be statistically odd if the bike was running ok, and being used, he brought it in for an oil change and other things, and you happen to notice the charging circuit had failed. If the bike was not charging it would drain the battery dead while riding with the headlight on in several hours, so from a probability perspective, you just happened to catch it right after it failed, but the battery had not gone dead yet.
This raises the question: is it possible your volt meter is not registering, its internal battery is going dead. Ive seen that happen on Fluke meters, the voltage reading starts running way low, and then after an hour the low battery icon lights up, and the meter shuts off,
Or maybe the point where you are measuring the voltage itself is just a bad connection, or you have a bad ground, or the meter is sticking on AC volts and not switching to DC volts.... It would suck if you went thru the work to replace the stator, and you are still getting the same readings, if it was a bad volt meter, probe wire, or connection point the whole time. Ive torn things apart when I thought they were not working right, but they actually were. like I said before, if the components of the charging system are all good, then something else is not right.
One other mistake I have made, Im getting far sighted and have to wear reading glasses to read a meter up close. A few times I had a Fluke auto-ranging on me, and I was reading milli Volts instead of hundreds of volts, the circuit was off, and I did not notice its range was mV instead of V. At times like that, when impossible things are happening, I expect to wake up and realize it was a bad dream.