What Do Other People in My Situation Do?

What Do Other People in My Situation Do?

Postby RockAuto [OP] » September 17th 2019, 9:14pm

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Re: What Do Other People in My Situation Do?

Postby dan tralton » May 13th 2020, 3:52am

Many times an alternator or starter can be repaired properly much cheaper than buying a new or re-built unit. for alternators it is often the brushed simply wear down to the point they do not make proper contact with the armature.
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Re: What Do Other People in My Situation Do?

Postby Big_kid » May 16th 2020, 1:28am

For me, I'd rather replace the unit. Anything in between removal and re-installation is unnecessary work- You end up with new brushes on a worn armature, old bearings and tired diodes. For me, it's faster to replace as a unit and let the rebuilders do what they do best. Having a warranty on it doesn't hurt either. It's less money to replace the brushes, but time spent installing them, and eventual downtime when the next component fails. I HAVE done things like this in the past, but in most situations replacing the assembly makes the most financial sense.
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Re: What Do Other People in My Situation Do?

Postby markmitch » May 16th 2020, 2:43am

I have to agree with BIG_Kid I would rather just replace the unit then try to fix it myself. Beside the reasons he gave there's also the fact that as one ages the eyes don't work as good and neither does the dexterity. And then there is the time factor. Now everyone here knows my van has not been on the road in a long time but I still need it to start so I can work on other things or move it if needed.
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Re: What Do Other People in My Situation Do?

Postby Huckleberry » May 16th 2020, 3:21am

From now on I go ahead and replace components.
The water pump on my '92 was leaking out the back cover.
I replaced that gasket (which requires removing the pump)
and then it started leaking out the weep-hole.
Then I replaced the pump with a new one, which is only a $30 part.
Wasted a lot of time trying to "fix" a faulty pump.
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