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The alternator getting hot & the bus not start

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Hi, this is one of these faults that the alternator, is INTERNALLY SHORTED or the POSITIVE FEED FROM STARTER MOTOR to the ALTERNATOR to the car (LARGE CABLE). there is a way to test this. take the battery (NEGATIVE LEAD) (as not to short-out the battery cable) off and TAKE OFF the (BOLTED TERMINAL and the second cable) of the SMALLER ALTERNATOR CABLE replace the LARGER CABLE to the (ALTERNATOR and BOLT this ON to determin if the alternator is shorted OR it is the cable from the ALTERNATOR to the CAR FUSEBOX. ( you may need to read this again, not easy).if when the battery is reconnected to the alternator it cools down ALTERNATOR O. K.(then the LARGE CABLE that SUPPLIES the car is SHORTED).

THIS CABLE CONNECTS FROM THE BACK OF THE ALTERNATOR (BOLTED TERMINAL) AND GO TO THE FUSEBOX

because the battery is connected to the alternator and the alternator is conected to the fusebox. (the battery to alternator is part of the CHARGING CIRCUIT and the alternator regulator is the other part, only when engine running 1500 rev min. gerry

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