Preserving a Spare Alternator.

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Introduction: Preserving a Spare Alternator.

About: Update 12 September 2017: A very special thanks to Sam Elder, a manager here at Instructables, who tracked down the cause of my lost publications and fixed the issue. Take a bow Sam!

It's always good to have a spare alternator. They fail when least expected. This one I got is working fine but it's a bit grimy from the car. The car has another one in operation so I want to put this one into storage.

Step 1: Cleaning.

I used engine degreaser to get the grime off. Took only 7 minutes of cleaning and washing off in clean water to clean most of it off.

Step 2: Ready for Storage.

Now the windings and casing are a bit cleaner and into the storage room for this baby. When it is needed in the future, I can easily swap it out knowing it's ready for use!

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    6 Discussions

    Could you use this alternator and a small gas engine to build an electric generator?

    5 replies

    I've seen people do that but it would just put out a 13 volt +/- DC power.

    That problem could be solved with a power inverter. A Harbor Freight power inverter is the cheapest option!

    you could pair that up with an inverter to make a generator but you would pry need a battery but you must mean a convertor since an inverter converts 12 DC to 110 ac

    I don't know what a "convertor" is. Would you mind linking your comment to a site or a picture?

    These is the best project so far: https://www.instructables.com/id/Lawnmower-Power-Generator-With-A-Twist/