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Alternator not charging?

PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:31 pm

collins_dan wrote:Just to close this out. I removed the alternator and had it tested. It was producing very little charge. The supplier sent a new one and I installed it and raced this weekend. Worked great. Thanks for all the advice. I'm certainly more knowledgeable now about how to check for faults. Dan

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. . . and the car to keep running with the negative terminal removed from the battery.

Don't have my notes here but I seem to remember that you are never supposed to disconnect the battery when the engine is running or it may inflict permanent damage to the alternator.

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PostPost by: collins_dan » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:41 am

I thought about that and it certainly could have been that, but one of the things I noticed when I installed it initially was that it never showed the charging level above the battery charge level. I didn't think much of it at the time, as I didn't know any better. Dan
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