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Brian in MA
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 6:21 am    Post subject: Ford 4600 Alternator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a Ford 4600 I put a delco 3 wire alternator (from a junk yard), thanks to much information on this board on wiring, etc. I set it up with a delco pig-tail lamp on the exciter wire from the switch and the other wire tied directly to the battery lead. It worked perfectly (about 3 hours of run time) until Saturday when I was cutting a corn field with a 7' disk. The light came on and off a few times, then stayed on and the voltage gauge is now reading around 12 volts instead of almost 14 volts it was before. Since it came from a junk yard, it's possible/likely that it just died. My question is 2 part, Is there any easy way to tell if the alternator is junk and is it possible that it was engine heat from the hard work of disking that killed it? I don't want to buy a new one just to kill it again. Thanks again to all. The information on this board is awesome!

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 6:54 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 4600 Alternator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Those alternators are TOUGH. An, it sounds as if you have it wired up acceptably.

It's brushes may simply be stuck, or were nearly worn out, and the use finised them off. Of course, there's other problems that could have happened, too.

I wouldn't hesistate to have it repaired, or replace it with another.

 

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:01 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 4600 Alternator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm running 3 10si remans on Ford stuff around here now and haven't had a problem with any of them. I'd just get a reman from NAPA or somewhere that gives a decent warranty on one, slap it on, and go. Sounds to me like you've got it wired just fine.

Rod

 

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 4600 Alternator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The local parts store by me checks them for free. I have had one on my AC WC for about 12 years, works fine. I put the one wire conversion in it too. Soon I am going to do my LCG.

I would be surprised if you getting too much heat, the alt. is pretty much open compared to the cars and trucks they came off of under a closed hood all the time.

Rick


 

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 4600 Alternator Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ditto what the others said.

#1 thru a lamp to the switch, #2 wired over to charge stud.

Charge stud wired to wherever it goes on the X600 series..

Soundguy

 

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