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Old 03-10-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Cleaning an alternator

Has anyone done this? I've read to use brake cleaner and let it dry as a popular method. My PS leaked on my alternator long ago. The dirty, greasy mess is inside it and out. Any suggestions? Waste of time to try?

Oh, the volts are fine, but I didn't expect that to last...

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Old 03-10-2015, 08:50 PM   #2
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mine was looking worse than that, I happened to have bought a gallon of wd-40, it makes an awesome cleaner/degreaser, I used that and an old paint brush to work it in and get into all crannies. working with about 6 oz in a pan and the brush, then when i was done hosed it down with a can of brake cleaner, then blasted it with an air hose and blow gun..it sat a while before being put back into service.

Id try to stay away from water borne degreasers, dont know where it could end up or what corrosion/hard water deposits it could leave behind; and stick with solvents
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:22 PM   #3
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I spray mine when I power wash...no worries =)
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:22 AM   #4
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Ok, think I'll go with the WD-40 / brake cleaner and the air.

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Alcohol may do the trick as well.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:39 PM   #6
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Alcohol may do the trick as well.
rum or beer?
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No that's stickey, I think he means stuff like rubbing alcohol/ethanol
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No that's stickey, I think he means stuff like rubbing alcohol/ethanol
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Haha! Damn I feel silly. Totally went over my head.
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No that's stickey, I think he means stuff like rubbing alcohol/ethanol
Yes it is sticky...vodka should do the trick
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Last night I tried WD-40 and brake cleaner. Put the ALT in a tub/container and soaked it down. Then used air to try dry it out. While it got the outside of the ALT clean, it didn't do much for the electrical wire coiled on the inside of it. I think having it like this for a couple years now means this junk is not going to come off easily. I may try to open it up and clean it this way (although i read opening it up is almost impossible).
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The insulation on the wire may just be discolored. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you just want a shiny alt.
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The insulation on the wire may just be discolored. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you just want a shiny alt.
Yep. you are right. I cleaned it the best I could and put it back together.
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