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vitara_jay_2010
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 13:15    Post subject: alternator problem Reply with quote

hi all!
i have a 1990 vitara, i use it mainly for offroading as this is my second car and this is what i brought it for. i have owned the car for about 2 months and i have just killed my second alternator, i killed it on sunday at an offroad track there was other vitaras there and they didnt seem to have any problems with thier alternator it just mine this there anything that i can buy or make to protect it when i am offroading and advise would be appreciated because i havent got a clue why it only seems to be mine that goes.


many thanks

james
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 0:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine too  i do 1 a month
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

are you doing deep water running?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do some deep water is there a guard that i can buy or make to protect it from the water or is anything i can do to protect it

kinx how much do u buy one for each time.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno about modern cars but when we used to rally mk1 escorts we used to pick up alternators with seperate control boxes instead of them having all the electronics mounted on the back, you then mount the box inside a water proof container on an inner wing, with full water prrofing on the ignition system as well they would run under water no problem, water splashes at 90mph were fine. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that but does anybody no if i can hous
e it in ali ?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

youll need airflow to keep it cool or itll cook
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 14:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have two i just keep cleanin them out there 1 or 2 on ebay for 25 might ave gone now . most the time its just the muddy water that sticks to everything get some cleaner take them apart clean everything u can get to and refit i never have had one that dont work again  Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 16:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this advice on a landrover forum


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Before you go to play pressure wash the engine bay and give the alternator a good zapping, then WD40 everything in sight!

As soon as you have finished playing pour as much clean water as you can get you hands on over the alternator with the engine running.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 17:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

white grease might be a bit better u can get it at any car shop its around £3
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 20:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that advise but wouldnt wd40 attraced the dirt into it
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