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I have an older Mule 3010 (gas engine) that all
of a sudden began to miss and die out when out in a field
running through some brush.
The battery is currently dead but is that way sometimes anyway.
We can jump it from the car and will idle smoothly, except:
When removing the negative jumper lead,
the engine begins to miss or die.
When replacing the negative jumper lead immediately,
the engine idles smoothly again.
This sounds to me like an alternator/generator problem, since
once started the battery should no longer come into play?
Are there belts that keep the alternator going? I don't see any.
tks, KW
 

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You may be mistaken about the battery not being in play once the engine starts. everything that I have heard about the electronic ignition system on a 3010 depends on the battery being connected and in good condition. The standard alternator on a mule is in the flywheel, I think, I haven't been inside the flywheel..
 

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All Kawasaki sport products rely on the battery to act as a wet capacitor and float the voltage for the regulator. A bad battery will lead to all sorts of problems, including permanent damage to the stator, the regulator, and to the igniter.

Double check your batter to frame ground, too. Most times that gets rust or loose and gives the same symptoms as a bad battery.

To identify your alternator location, go to Kawasaki.com and then the parts diagrams, and take a look at the parts diagram for the generator. It is an alternator, but Kaw calls them a generator.
 
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