DON'S AUTO    ELECTRIC INC.
Suppliers and Builders of Remanufactured Starters & Alternators
40 Pleasant Valley Parkway
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
(401) 273 - 1630

WE HERE AT DON'S AUTO ELECTRIC HAVE OR CAN REBUILD JUST ABOUT ANY ALTERNATOR OR STARTER

 

 

 

 

 

Common Starter & Alternator Problems...

Why does every replacement alternator keep going dead?

     *Buy QUALITY alternators, first and foremost!  Inferior product plagues the alternator industry.

 

     *MAKE SURE you charge your battery fully before putting your new alternator to work. Alternators are

       designed to MAINTAIN the charge of your battery, NOT charge it when it is dead. Allowing your alternator to

       charge a dead battery will cause it to run at maximum output for an extended period which may damage

       the alternator's internal components.

     *A BAD or WEAK BATTERY will overwork your alternator. Have your battery load tested (free at Don's.

  Checking your battery with a voltmeter is not sufficient, this does not indicate the reserve

       power of the battery needed to crank your engine.  

     *Calculate your total amperage load.  Aftermarket stereos, lights, CB's and other equipment add up fast!

     *Spikes caused by bad connections or faulty equipment can ruin even the best alternator.

     *NEVER disconnect your battery to see if the alternator is working. This was a fairly common practice many

       years ago but today's sophisticated vehicle systems can be damaged severely by disconnecting the battery.

     *Have your electrical system checked by a professional.  Bad grounds, loose connections and current drains

       can cause premature alternator failure.

Why did my starter die after only a minute or two of cranking the engine?

     * Buy QUALITY starters, first and foremost! Inferior product plagues the alternator industry, including some

        of the "lifetime warranty" units sold by major chain stores.

     *ALL starters are designed for intermittent use. Crank only a few seconds at a time with a cooling period

       of 10-15 minutes between cranking attempts.

     *Continuous cranking is detrimental to starter health and will cause the starter to overheat. Overheating the

       starter WILL result in premature failure!

     *Inferior cables and/or connections will result in almost immediate starter overheating and/or failure. If your

       cables have any soft spots, they're probably bad. Beware of cheap replacement cables; many discount stores

       sell cables that have very small gauge wire inside even though the insulation is thick enough to make them

       look like heavy duty cables.

     *A weak battery will cause your starter to overheat. If your engine is turning over slow, don't wait to

       find out why. Fix the problem now before you cause damage to your electrical system.

     *A bad key switch will sometimes cause the starter to stay engaged for too long. This will almost always

       result in permanent damage to your starter. It only takes once! If your key switch ruined your starter,

       it will ruin a brand new one too!

     *Bad connections are often the initial cause of problems. Remember, even tight connections can oxidize

       over time and not carry the current load needed. Connections must be clean and tight.