Date: 3 Jul 2004 02:22:43 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: Is this a problem?

On Fri, 2 Jul 2004 19:04:47 -0400, Fred W. <Fred.Willsnospampam> wrote: > > Yes. Absolutely. The other wire that you seem to be missing is for the > "field coil" of the alternator. Without a field in the stator, you can spin > that armature all day long and get no induced current.. ...and see symptoms just like he's seeing, yup. Needs to find the other end of that wire. I'm sure whoever he'd take the car to for a new alternator would be happy to replace the perfectly good alternator with another perfectly good one, and hook up the wire, and say nothing about it being just a wire all along. > Here's a simple test: Start the car and carefully reach down to the body of > the alternator with a thin steel screwdriver or hacksaw blade. You should > be able to feel the magnetic field of the field coil attract the metal to > the case. Never thought of doing it that way, but no reason it wouldn't work. Yup, if you don't supply voltage to the stationary coils, it won't set up the magnetic field, and you'll never get anything out of it. Makes perfect sense based on what he's explaining too. > If you can dig up a loose connector that looks like it fits the spade lug of > the alternator, give it a go... Any guesses on the wire color, and/or the harness it'll be coming from? but yeah, it's the loose one right near there that fits on that connector. Dave Hinz

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