[DML] Re: how long will battery last w/ no alternator
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[DML] Re: how long will battery last w/ no alternator



Geoff,

Something that some people may forget,and that is to disconnect the 
battery before you even start working on the alternator,that also 
includes both the positive and the negative cables,as it is possible 
for the disconnected cable to move and "touch" the business end of 
the battery and make just enough contact to screw things up,or at 
least scare the hell out of you. Also when you disconnect the battery 
ALWAYS start with the Negative cable and always start with the 
Positive cable when reconnecting.Also when connecting power back to 
the car keep the wrench near the battery where you can instantly find 
it in case you have to drastically disconnect the battery or better 
yet have a cable cutter for the worst case scenario handy,(if you 
have to cut the cable,cut the negative cable)and of course a Fire 
extinguisher at all times(fully charged)then leave/store that in the 
car.Never over tighten a Alternator Belt as that will cause premature 
wear on the Alternator bearings,and make sure the V part is in the 
groove,you would be surprised how many people put the belt on 
wrong.You should only be able to push down on the belt approx. one 
inch, when tightened correct,if you can push down more than that it 
is to loose,less it is to tight.
Hope some of this info is helpful
Claude 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "geoff_ombao" <geoff_ombao@...> wrote:
>
> I find myself in a similar situation ... 
> 
> I'm not very mechanically inclined, and my alternator is going. I
> figured this might be a good opportunity to learn some new skills, 
so
> I bought a new one (and I just received it in the mail). 
> 
> Installation seems pretty straight forward, but does anyone have any
> tips that they'd like to share?
> 
> - Geoff
> 
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