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Old 11-03-2019, 11:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I gave it a smack!

Results:


1) First couple of smacks (engine off, then started): nada

2) Second couple of smacks (engine running): immidiately started working! I could tell by the instant change in engine load, confirmed with voltage reading.


3) So I set off on a ~120 km round trip yesterday, but I brought a 2nd battery just in case. Good thing, because it stopped working about 1/3 of the way there and no additional smacks could return it to immediate service. However it spontaneously started working for a while while driving. I hooked the 2nd battery in parallel just to be safe.


I'll pull it off the car one of these days.



YKYAEM when ... you put off an alternator repair/replacement because the car sure gets better MPG when it's not working!
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Install a switch when you change alternators. Then you choose when it charges.
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Why not just ditch the alternator and get a decent capacity lithium deep cycle battery? Batteryhookup.com has a good selection.

Then deduct the cost of a new alternator from the cost of the battery.
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Why not install bicycle pedals connected to a generator so that exercise and electrical needs are covered? Throw some in the passenger side so they can do something useful. :P
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Why not install bicycle pedals connected to a generator so that exercise and electrical needs are covered? Throw some in the passenger side so they can do something useful. :P
Because your feet will be on the pedal properly DWLing and not using cruise control!

Pedals for the passengers though, hmmmm...
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All good ideas!

I like the logic of deducting the cost of an alternator from a high capacity Li battery... but I already have a little pile of alternators that should work in the car. I'm just too lazy to do anything about it yet. (Getting the hammer out was significant progress!)

Besides, I'm currently spoiled and won't need my car until the weekend: driving my friends' Prius Prime for the rest of the week while they're away.
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Should I hit it with a hammer?! I'm going to hit it with a hammer!
Best to use a rubber,rawhide, or brass mallet to rattle the brush.Less chance of fracturing the cast aluminum housing.
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How about a hammer on a string that can be pulled while driving?
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Sure, that would keep the other drivers in line, but what about the alternator?

Personally, I would like to see what a flux capacitor does with something that light, but maybe dilithium crystals would be easier to obtain--or perhaps plot particles?

That is what powers the TARDIS, right?

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