Alternator?


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Alternator?

Postby Tombrewster421 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:55 pm



The wires coming from the alternator are getting so hot that the connectors by the battery melted the plastic plug! It's an '83 aspencade. Any idea how to test if it's working properly?



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Re: Alternator?

Postby scotterichmond » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:23 am

cut the plug out of the system. test each wire pairs for continuity to each other and each one should not connect to ground.them soldeir and heat shrink together,. doesn't matter which ones go to which.

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Re: Alternator?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:35 am

This is a very common failure. Read: Three yellow wires for a quick explanation.

If you want to read the many, exhaustive posts on this topic already, have a look here: Stator Wire Failures

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Re: Alternator?

Postby Tombrewster421 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:02 am

Thanks for the info. I had a feeling that which goes where didn't matter since the wires are the same color (it's nice to have more than a feeling). I was just worried that the extreme heat was a sign of a more serious issue.

Thanks guys

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Re: Alternator?

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:03 pm

The heat is a result of current flow through a corroded mechanical connections at the plug and the crimp connection in the plug.It acts like a resistor,not only getting hot,but not delivering the full capacity of the stator to the rectifier/regulator.
It is also subject to the same problem at it's plug.

Thats why I recommend soldering the wires together.viewtopic.php?f=16&t=12522




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