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So the copper coil "thingy"(LOL) is my alternator?

Hello Curt,

1). To make sure I'm clear. The alternator is the "doo-hickey" with the copper coil "thingy"? (LOL)

2).I read your steps to listen for mystery sound. I am going to read them again later, take a look under the hood. Then sleep on it as I work the details out.

3). I don't have long hair at the moment. But have had it most of my life. BUT............from the outside I appear to be a little clumsy/off depth perception-ish. The opposite is true when dealing with life, limb and death, as a possible result from a "simple" mistake.
I had a job at AlliedSignal (Garrett). We made propulsion and auxiliary airplane engines. I started out in the paint department and ended up in the machine shop installing and inserting rings, seals, inserts. With 900* ovens heating up one part. Liquid hydrogen in another container. The plating department alone would be a great movie set with it's vats of boiling chemicals from methyl ethyl ketone to some gooey stuff that would peel your skin off. Pressure test, metal spray, tumble, shot peen, etc.
Every week that I was there, there was a safety meeting of some sort. I've seen some of the most amazing videos and accidents. (one was about a guy who was cleaning his machine, with the "lock down" "tag out" procedure. Apparently the new guy coming on to his shift was not aware.(I think "not doing it at end of shift" should be one of the safety steps) The guy flips the on switch. The other guy, slices his hand up the middle all the way up in half to his wrist. THEN, when he was showing the insurance and SAFETY inspectors, what happened to his other hand.
While I was still working there a guy lost his face and lived. Because he wasn't "careful". (like it's a girl thing)
I just want you to know that I will be very careful. I have some pretty good safety experience, and practice. I stay a little nervous the whole time I do it. So I'm always aware of where I am.

4).I haven't looked up BBB, but I have googled it and all the sub tittles were "Midas scam", "Midas scam" etc. I really wish I did that and learn.
I'll get back with you to let you know I didn't loose an ear, because I read the steps wrong.(LOL)
Thanks again, Kirsten

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Yup, the doo-hickey, thing-a-ma-jig, w/ copper coil in it is the alternator. I went into too big an explanation about alternator/generator. They are really the same thing. Yoww, quite the grotesque creepy on the job accident stories! Show it to the new employees and they run screaming out the door never to be seen again! If someone comes knockin' at my door w/ a 2foot broomstick handle stuck in the side of their head, I'll who it is (from the sound of the diesel engine, vw sound, thick cards in bicycle spokes, as a 97 chey cavalier pulls in the driveway.)

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