Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2004 07:37:08 -0400
From: Gemini Jackson <>
Subject: Re: Is this a problem?

On 3 Jul 2004 02:22:43 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: >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. I wish. If the wire exists, it's completely gone. I'm going to have a fresh go at looking for it today, but I combed it yesterday and no luck. I'll have to resolve this wire issue before I break the alternator loose. Where should the other end of this wire go? And would it be green/white like earlier models? This alternator does indeed have the connector on the alternator, so I would assume it would be required. ~GJ~

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