Thanks action...I took out the generator to have it checked but was told their was nothing wrong with it so I put it back in and fired it up with no problems. But just to be on the safe side I'll polarize from the field to the battery just to play it safe.When I owned my 64 Ford, I never polarized the generator when replacing the battery.
I thought it was necessary to polarize the generator one time only when the generator was replaced, Because the generator can create power in either direction.
I thought that only applied to 6 volt systems
Yes it really takes seconds to do. Just touch the field wire to the battery terminal screw for a few seconds then attach like you normally would do. At least that's everything I've read to date. Some say every time you disconnect the battery you should repeat the process.....now weather or not that is true is , of course up to debate....what do they say....an ounce of prevention......Failing to polarize a 6 volt regulator can cause damage to the entire electrical system of a vehicle or machine. If the battery dies, or if the battery or regulator is disconnected from the electrical circuit, the regulator must be polarized before it can turn the engine over again. Polarization matches the electrical memory of the regulator to that of the generator. It may sound complicated, but fortunately polarizing the regulator is an easy job.
Locate the volt regulator on your vehicle or machine. It is usually square with five or six terminal screws on its face. It is connected by a positive wire to the generator. (The generator is the first electric motor connected to the positive cable of the battery.)
Locate the terminal on the regulator that is marked "A," if your regulator has five terminals. Locate the two terminals marked "B" if your regulator has six terminals.
Clip your jumper wire to your battery terminal. Find the terminal marked "F" (for fuel terminal) on the regulator. Touch the free end of the jumper wire to the "F" terminal twice for less than a second each time. You have now polarized your regulator.