At 10:08 AM 05/29/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>Message text written by "Biedermann, Frank (SSABSA)"
>>If one of the 9 diodes in the diode pack blows, or the solder
>>cracks then you effectively lose 1/3 of the charging capacity
>>of the alternator.
>Well, not exactly, Three of them only provide power to the regulator and
>one or two would suffice. The likelyhood of one of these diodes failing is
>about nill, however. And if one did the ignition warning light would come
>on dimly as the regulator supply voltage would now deviate from the battery
I agree with Dave. My IWL was glowing DIMLY, all the time, even though my
ignition and charging system continued to work ok. Turned out to be one
cracked-solder diode lead which was easily seen once I opened the stock
alternator. My 140-Watt Weller (1969!) fixed it fine (use clip-on heat
sinks to protect devices). While I was in there, I changed the brushes
"jus' cuz". I was steered toward the diodes by Dan Masters and a couple
others on the list... thanks.
Glenn 74.5 TR6 X 2
"My soldering gun is older than my cars...."