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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2002, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Muddy Alternator

Hey all. Went mudding yesterday and after a little break my Jeep wouldn't restart. I got a jump and made my way on the hour drive home. Once there, I shut down and tried to restart- on go- battery dead.

The engine was pretty mud caked, including the alternator. I've read that a good cleaning will allow it to work again. Anyone had this experience or have any suggestions? Worst case is I figure I'm replacing it this weekend.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-04-2002, 08:51 AM
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Your alternator is dead. If the contacts/copper get encrusted and/or too wet to the point where they get surface corrosion, that's the end of your alternator (unless you rebuild/clean it).

You can clean your engine compartment CAREFULLY with a hose. The trick is to do it with the engine WARM, not hot. I typically hose out the chunks, avoiding the more tender electrical stuff. Then, I'll literally wash the engine compartment quickly with soap/sponge and lightly hose it out. Then I immeadiately run the engine and let it idle for 10 minuted to dry itself off.

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I suggest having the alt rebuilt for you. Cheaper than a new alternator, especially if you want to upto a high output alt.

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Now that you've seen how MUD KILLS, try a tactis I've been using for a few months now- driving SLOWLY through mud! It works wonders, keeps any mud under the fender where I can get it out. No more mud sprayed hoods!

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Yeah that’s the benefit with lockers. You rely more on traction than momentum.

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you guys are going to say im CRAZY but this works. i have done it many times on my tracker , my tj is to pretty to wheel and besides it IS a dodge and you all know what that means whether you want to admit it or not. but any way get your engine started and pour a large glass of water into you alternater and then hit it with somthing a few times and it WILL charge again.dont laugh because i KNOW it works. and for the going slow ill through the mud ill do that when i get old or grow up , which will never happen. anything that breaks can be replaced but not the good times of hauling a## through the mud. so come on guys let me here your so called SMART remarks
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