i've been riding my trusty 85 zx600 for almost a year, and recently it's been acting up (ie. blowing fuses)
so i found the short, patched it, taped up some lose harnesses and put in a new headlight. this must have been wearing on my battery cause when i tried to start it again it wouldn't start. the starter spun, and the engine cranked (at first) then slowly died. the engine no longer cranked, my lights faded, and finally only the "click" of the relay was heard.
so after a long time, we just tried jumping it. and it started! so i left it on for a while (almost 10 min) and when i got back, i saw the lights were very dim and when i got on to leave it died. when i tried starting it again, it was back to square one.
seems like my battery didn't have enough juice at first right. but i'm confused that it would slowly die while it's on. the only explanation is that electrical systems were not powered by the alternator but the battery, right? hence, my the wiring to my alternator may be faulty?
but the werid thing is i didn't touch my alternator.
anyone got any ideas? help would be great, since i'm really at a loss. i'm pretty new at all this stuff.
ps. underneath is a more detailed account of what i did - read on only if you're interested.
the fuses were blowing continuiously, so i finally ripped everything apart in search for the short. i found the wire harness going to my dashboard had been wedged and cut three wires. no problem right, just butt connectors and electrical tape all around.
while i was at it, i saw both my temp sensor (to turn on the rad fan) and my water temp sensor were about to fall off. i tried to do a patch job soddering it back, and i think it should be okay. i also retaped a few other cables.
(oh, later i found the smaller connector on my junction box was a little loose, maybe half a cm off, so i pushed it in snug but haven't tried anything yet.
also, under the gas tank there are two cylinders with a red and black lead into each. i took the left cylinder's leads off and put them back on the same way (or so i thought) but when i looked on the right side i saw that the leads were reverse. so i'm not sure if that could do anything. i don't even know what those cylidners are for!)