[V8] charging problem/ alternator

dsaad at icehouse.net dsaad at icehouse.net
Wed Mar 31 18:28:06 EST 2004

I think it cost me around $60 in parts for a new brush/regulator assy, and new 
bearings. If the rotor slip rings are still in good shape and the diodes are 
still good then this is all you need for a good as new rebuild. If you could 
find the brushes and install them yourself, you could knock $40 off the price 
and still have a good as new rebuild.
The front bearing was kinda expensive, the rear pretty cheap. I bought good 
quality bearings. Don't buy cheap ones. If it is made in china you probably 
don't want it.

If you can get the alt out of the car, and you can get the front pulley off 
then you can rebuild it yourself easily. The bearings and regulator are off-the-
shelf parts available at any good auto parts store.

Just dis-assemble and clean up everything. 
Clean up the slip rings with fine steel wool (and clean up all the wire hairs!!)
install the new bearings and re-assemble.
It takes longer to R&R the unit than to rebuild it.



Quoting "Ingo D. Rautenberg" <ingo at waratap.com>:

> IME changing the brush pak is a short-term solution -- but it can get
> you by
> while you pick up a replacement alternator :-)
> -Ingo
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