In reply to a message from Rancarl sent Mon 22 Apr 2013:
Nuts x 2k!
I keyboarded the message that time. I think that it’s the
double arrows I inserted at the beginning and end. Peter,
what am I doing wrong?
One more attempt:
Start. Thirty-five miles from home we heard a terrible
rattle, and then a big ‘clank,’ and then the noise changed
to a collapsed bearing sound, and the charge light came on
and the ammeter dropped to no charge!! We kept going and got
I was trying to convince myself that it was not the
alternator bearings AGAIN [Replaced last June]! Anyway, it
sure was the alternator making the noise. The noise got
progressively worse, and I had visions of another fuel
saving trip home, on the back of a tow truck!! We were
fortunate enough to make the 40 mi home on the battery.
Found the problem… Round slotted nut holding the
alternator together came loose and eventually parted ways.
Looks like the alternator could still be fine. The whole
housing was also parting ways.
Finding it had lost a bolt and the round slotted nut holding
it all together, and the other 2 nuts loose, I made a new
nut and bolt and put it together and reinstalled it.
Connected the battery and turned the key to ‘on’, heard the
radiator fans turn on, and then fired her up. She started up
and after a couple of seconds, she shut off!!
I turned the key off, then back on and noticed the fans
would not start. I then checked fuse 6 and seemed OK, but
the left contact looked burnt and melted. I put a new fuse
in and the fans still do not start up. The hooter [horn?]
does work, which also goes through fuse 6, so I doubt it�s
fuse related. Maybe another bug not related to what I did!!
Reading the wiring diagrams has confused me even more. I’m
really at a loss as to why the fans do not run. all I did
was remove the alternator and put it back! I have since
pulled the alternator out again and opened it up for another
look. I notice the the rear shaft of the rotor is badly worn
since the rebuild I did last June!!
I now see scratch marks on the rotor and stator. My question
is, if the rotor assembly touches the stator assembly will
this cause a problem? End.
Everything looks good as I prepare to hit the ‘‘post reply’’
button. If you cannot see the message above please send me a
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PS: where is the edited account?
Randall Carlson '70 FHC, '71 MGB roadster, '97 Ply Voyager
Fairfield, California, United States
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