[DML] Re: Bad Battery / Good Alternator
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[DML] Re: Bad Battery / Good Alternator

Again a collection of half correct things. :-(

> Let me try to clear things up for you:
> The regulator is very much inside the metal housing (in it's own
> recess, but very much within the overall circular confines of the
> unit). 

It is attached to the housing but very easy to come by - you don't
need to open the complete housing, take off bearings and stuff like 
that. OK in old days the regulators were externally - that was 
because they were electromechanically built without transistors !
That was until the early 60s !!!

>In the bad old days, regulators were completely separate from
> the alternator housing, usually mounted to the firewall, a wheel 
> or some other engine compartment location. You replaced the 
> without touching the alternator itself. Very few people replace
> internal regulators these days (I don't know if parts houses even
> carry internal regulators).
> BTW: In the bad old days alternators lasted *MUCH* longer than they 
> today. Not only were vehicle electrical demands negligible (40 amps
> was quite common), but the alternators themselves simply were better
> built. I also wonder what heat does to internal regulators. "One 
> alternators are simple to install, but you seem to pay for that
> simplicity with a shorter life span.

I still have my first alternator in my daily driver - 14 years old!
and yes it is a huuuuge difference between 40A and meanwhile around 
200A types that need liquid cooling !! Carbon brushes still wear
like they used to do back then, but back then we swapped them for 2-3 
bucks instead of replacing the whole unit as most people do today.
OK in the good old days everything was better...

> Regarding good alternators on bad batteries: If the plates inside a
> battery are dead, but the alternator itself is good, it is not going
> to produce 13.5 volts (typical charging nomenclature). I defy you to
> produce charging voltage on a dead battery (not a battery that 
> needs specific gravity, but one that has bad plates).

Is there any real explanation for that ????
What do you mean with dead plates ? I had dead batteries in my car
before and I am still alive - and my voltage gauge still showed
13.8V when the engine was running at a bit higher speeds than idle !
(of course NOT with all the loads on that I could find !)
What are we discussing here ? Do we need to discuss basic high school
electricity laws ? Starting at Ohm's law ?

> BTW: If my eMails bother you that much, try not reading them. I do 
> post anonymously. Reading my clearly identified messages, then
> complaining that you do not like reading them, is a bit like a cow
> standing on its tit then complaining that it hurts.

I get those emails sent from yahoo, I don't read them online, so
I have to delete them everyday - and with all that wrong or half
truth stuff they are as worthless as Viagra spam mails !

> Bill Robertson
> #5939

Elvis & 6548

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