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    Default Red dust on alternator

    Towards the end of September my alternator started behaving erratically. It charged correctly for 90% of the time but every so often the output dropped to zero for a few minutes before resuming again. (The ignition light warned me of a problem and the Battery Monitor confirmed what was going on) When I examined the alternator it was covered both inside and out with a very fine, reddish-brown dust. I removed the brushes (healthy) and cleaned a lot of the dust from them and from inside the casing where I could reach. I also cleaned the outside of the casing just to make myself feel as if I had done something. I put it all back together and it has worked perfectly ever since. Any ideas about what this red dust could be and where it has come from? I have had nasty, sticky black dust before from aging belts (I change them quickly if I find it) but this was not greasy, oily or sticky. Any ideas would be most welcome.


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    Default Re: Red dust on alternator

    Most likely is rust from the bearings, sounds like a replacement might be needed soon.

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    Default Re: Red dust on alternator

    I suspect the pulleys rust lightly when not used. A slightly out of tension belt then slips and rubs it off as fine dust. The fan on the front pulley then ensures that the dust ends up inside!

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    Default Re: Red dust on alternator

    Thanks for your thoughts.


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    Default Re: Red dust on alternator

    Could be 'fretting corrosion' from the bearings - they are moving slightly in their housing and rusting thereby causing the red dust. Only cure is to renew the bearings and possibly LOCTITE them in to prevent further movement.

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