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Load Testing Alternator On Vehicle

Old 01-01-2014
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Default Load Testing Alternator On Vehicle

I made a brief video on the procedure I have used for many years here at the dealer that has not failed me yet in identifying a weak but functioning alternator causing many headaches like no starts after changing the battery and only checking the voltage output of the Alt. I hope this helps as there really isn't a need to take the alt off to get it tested. No fancy tools required.

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Old 01-17-2018
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Just another tid bit of info. What he says is correct, however if you have a slipping alternator belt the alternator will appear to be bad. Slipping belts do not always make any squealing noise and look perfectly normal. I have found that if the belt is slipping the alternator pulley will be VERY hot to the touch due to the slipping belt. If a V belt ever wears down to where it makes contact with the bottom of the pulley grove, its shot. V belts drive on the sides of the belt, not the bottom. If the V groove in the pulley at the bottom is polished, replace the belt. No matter how tight you make the belt, It will not drive the alternator properly
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