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Reliable Alternators and Starters That You Can Count On

Learn what goes into making high-quality starters and alternators.

Episode 56: Have you ever had your vehicle not start or suddenly it dies on the road?

It is frustrating for sure, especially if you are on your way to work or an important meeting.

Now put yourself in your customers’ situation. Their truck will not start or dies on the road and they have a load of medical supplies or food that must be delivered. This unscheduled downtime is not just an inconvenience, it is potentially costing the fleet thousands and is impacting the people who are relying on the delivery of those goods.

Selecting the right parts for the application and ensuring that the parts lower cost-per-mile is essential to avoid this situation. Today I am happy to have Scott Dueringer, a technical trainer for WAI Global on the show.

Question 1: What makes a high-quality alternator?

The quality of components that go into it plays a huge role, such as electronics, and bearings. Questionable quality products are not used.

Question 2: When selecting an alternator, how do you pick the right product for your application?

First, you need the have the right size for the alternator, with the right mounting, then you must decide whether to use a brush or brushless alternator. Furthermore, the amperage is also a crucial aspect to take into consideration.

Question 3: What makes an alternator fail?

Bearings break down because of dirt and dust, and the electronics usually breakdown because of overheating.

Question 4: Can you explain to us what your validation testing includes?

When building units, there are three different points of testing, and then when it’s done, it goes on an alternator testing machine that makes sure the alternator is performing at OEM standard.

Question 5: What makes a high-quality starter?

All new top of the line components and many have an over crank protection, which acts like a circuit breaker that protects your starter from overheating. All starters are made to meet OEM standards

Question 6: Why do starters typically fail?

Starters fail for different reasons, but generally by overheating, poor electrical connections, or wiring.

Question 7: If you have a cheap, poor-quality battery, what effect can it have on your starter?

The starter needs a certain voltage to kick off, and without that perfect voltage, you can have a slow crank, or even the inability to start at all.

Question 8: If there is one thing you want the listeners to take away from today’s conversation, what is that one thing?

Use premium quality products, that will go a long way to keep your vehicle on the road, and out of the shop. Also, make sure you are doing regular maintenance on your vehicle, this will help prevent unnecessary problems from developing down the road.

To learn more, go to WAIGlobal.com.


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