Originally Posted by onyx
wtf is a generator? are we talking about the alt? you can test it by removeing the batt and lett her run if she stalls its bad if not your fine.
I hate voltage regulators.
Disconnecting the battery while the engine is running could fry the PCM.
Years ago vehicles had alternator that did just what the name infers, they produced alternating current, that went into a diode pack (rectifier) that converts the 12v ac into a safe DC voltage.
Today the rectifiers are built into the alternators making them generators of DC voltage.
Before regulators were used, when you went on long trips in you car, in order to keep your battery from over charging, people needed to turn their head lights on. The alternators were always on.
In our jeeps the PCM electronically turns the generators on and off automatically, prolonging the battery's life and saving some fuel by not having the generator on all the time.