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Old 06-18-2010, 11:19 PM
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LED On or Around the Alternator?

Is there one? Cuz if not, something is glowing red hot on it when my cooling fans come on. It seems to be near that little 10mm connection on the front of the alternator that loops up and over the top right side of the valve cover.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

Maybe it's the armature getting hot? IDK.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

That's, eh... not right. Take a picture with flash to show us what piece is glowing... point at it or something.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

lollll something is about to blow up brah.. deff get that checked out its not normal
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

My best guesses is the alternator is heating up, either from a belt tightness problem or an electrical problem, such as the alternator having to work too hard to provide current, which could be caused by several things.

I know this might be an odd question, but after you run the car, smell the alternator. What does it smell like? This is called a sniff test, and if it smells like roadkill it means your stator is fried.
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My best guesses is the alternator is heating up, either from a belt tightness problem or an electrical problem, such as the alternator having to work too hard to provide current, which could be caused by several things.

I know this might be an odd question, but after you run the car, smell the alternator. What does it smell like? This is called a sniff test, and if it smells like roadkill it means your stator is fried.
Kinda smells like burning clutch or brake pads too.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

Meh, I doubt that would be the stator. I'm pretty sure they said "roadkill" in my E&E book. I'll have to go back and check....

*fishes book out from behind couch*


Ah here we go, the book states that "if it smells "rancid" like a dead rat, then the stator is overheated due to trying too hard to charge a discharged or defective battery. If the battery voltage is continously low the voltage regulator will continue to apply full field current to the generator. If the voltage is continously lower than the cutoff point of the voltage reulator, then the generator is continuously producing current in the stator windings. This constant charging will overheat the stator and burn the insulated varnish off the stator windings." Basicall making it smell like a dead rat.

Replace battery and stator, is what they're getting at. I'd replace your battery and see how it goes. Or atleast test it properly. Click the link in my sig and scroll down the thread to my post to find out how to do so.


And I suppose it could smell like brake pads and such, as overheated things usually smell the same - overheated. However the insulating varnish on the stator windings has a very distinct smell. Dead rat, apparently.
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However the insulating varnish on the stator windings has a very distinct smell. Dead rat, apparently.
Interesting.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

Interesting with the battery- I think the battery I have in there right now is not the correct one. Literally yesterday I had to take it to AutoZone to get tested and charged, because it died one me and wouldn't hold a charge even after jump starting it twice and driving around. After they charged it, they determined it's still a good battery and so far it hasn't failed again, but I will have to look into this a bit further.

As for where that glowing is coming from, here's a daytime photo-obviously we can't see that glowing in the daylight;

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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

Do I need to spoonfeed this to you?

Click linky in my sig.

Then call up autozone and tell them they're fools. Because they are. Nothing but autotards and civic ricers that think they know stuff about cars.
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Dude thats a bad wire somewhere or the whole damn thing has to much resistance somewhere. click his link :D he did a nice write up!!
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you missing your insulator around your + terminal, that could be it?
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Do I need to spoonfeed this to you?

Click linky in my sig.

Then call up autozone and tell them they're fools. Because they are. Nothing but autotards and civic ricers that think they know stuff about cars.
Whoa whoa buddy you don't gotta be so aggressive!

I posted the picture because it was asked for.
I threw in the battery info because after your post and AFTER I READ YOUR SIG LINK, it became relevant information to the overall thread..It's not like I'm asking retarded questions about things people have already posted the answer to!

Obviously, I'm not one who thinks I know jack about cars, as my question to answer ratio on this site is 10:1, however, when a dude I e-respect starts gettin an attitude when I'm buzzin, I take a little offense. It's okay though, no worries broski.


Asssssssssss for the current issue, I unfortunately have no access to a voltmeter for a couple days, or a vat machine ever, or a battery charger, or such a resourceful dude like Havik... However, I have a stereo amplifier in my other vehicle that has a digital display and gives a readout of the current voltage it's receiving. Other than that, I'm pretty much reliant/limited to what the retards at AutoZone can do for me. So that said, I can run the state of charge and the load test, and that will tell me more or less whether or not I have a good battery.


Oh and Havik- I ran a Smell Test haha and uhh...it checked out fine :)
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Do I need to spoonfeed this to you?

Click linky in my sig.

Then call up autozone and tell them they're fools. Because they are. Nothing but autotards and civic ricers that think they know stuff about cars.
I used to pedal parts at AutoZone not so long ago.

lol. No offense taken seriously though
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He's not saying everyone that works at a parts store is an extremely useless piece of ****. Just most of them. I have met one or two that are really helpful and knowledgeable, that's about it. The rest of them are just retarded.
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He's not saying everyone that works at a parts store is an extremely useless piece of ****. Just most of them. I have met one or two that are really helpful and knowledgeable, that's about it. The rest of them are just retarded.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

There's a kid that works at the local AutoZone that has an RX-8, and every time I see him he is ****ing with it because it doesn't run right. He put the Greddy bolt-on turbo kit on it, but insisted that he doesn't need a tune. He says "They couldn't call it a bolt-on kit if it needs a tune." *sigh* Some people.
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It's sad, really, that retards like that can afford GReddy turbo kits, yet I can't even afford a set of brand new wheels.
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It's not sad.... I look forward to the day when I get to start my career and start making some real money. I feel bad for the people that have all this money to blow, yet have no knowledge about any of the things they do to their cars. Like Kanye said... "Wait til I get my money right."
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It's not sad.... I look forward to the day when I get to start my career and start making some real money. I feel bad for the people that have all this money to blow, yet have no knowledge about any of the things they do to their cars. Like Kanye said... "Wait til I get my money right."
How do you figure? I look at it this way: I work my ass off 40+ hours a week and can't afford anything like that.... and I'm not exactly a stupid person. Yet retards can, and I see it everywhere. I wonder, "Who is paying these jackoffs enough to afford this kinda crap?"
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Didn't mean to be aggressive buddy, just forgot to put a "" in there after the spoonfeed bit.

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Interesting with the battery- I think the battery I have in there right now is not the correct one. Literally yesterday I had to take it to AutoZone to get tested and charged, because it died one me and wouldn't hold a charge even after jump starting it twice and driving around. After they charged it, they determined it's still a good battery and so far it hasn't failed again, but I will have to look into this a bit further.

As for where that glowing is coming from, here's a daytime photo-obviously we can't see that glowing in the daylight;

1. You don't think you're battery is the correct one. Even if that isn't the problem, it could still cause other problems. I'd replace it.

2. You said the battery died and wouldn't hold a charge

3. Autozone said the battery was fine.



And yes, whenever I ever say "autozone people are tards", or some other generalizing comment, it means most of the time as nothing is ever black and white. There are helpful and knowledgable people that work at autozone. But good luck finding one, and if you have, kudos. Cuz they are few and far between. I had a friend who knows nothing about cars but thinks he's a wannabe mechanic ask a guy at advanced auto how to bleed his brakes. The guy at advanced auto told him to take his bleed screw out. Not unscrew it, take it out. Like all the way. So he took it all the way out and tried to bleed his brakes. Pumping the pedal with the bleed screw completely out FTL.


So when you walk into autozone, pretend its opposite day. Everything they tell you to do, do the opposite. Then you'll end up with good advice about 75% of the time.
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Re: LED On or Around the Alternator?

Anyway, reasons your alternator would be glowing:

1. Too much resistance in alternator coils.

2. Undercharged battery

3. Overtightened belt

4. Defective voltage regulator


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