Ever wonder how the car battery is able to charge itself? Well, this is all the thanks to the alternator. The alternator helps generate electric power. It only works for as long as the car engine is on. In addition to charging the battery the alternator also supplies electricity to power other electric systems in your car. Due to the alternator constantly running, it easily gets worn out. This means replacing it.
Some of the basics of Porsche alternator replacement include;
First, Disconnect the Battery
It is crucial that you remember to first remove the negative cable from the battery to avoid damaging the alternator. The car may be turned off but disconnecting the battery serves as a precautionary move to protect the alternator and to some extent your car’s electrical system. This may seem like a no brainer but many car owners end up damaging some part of their alternators by forgetting this important step.
Inspect the Alternator Belt
A long belt snakes through pulleys inside the alternator all the way to the engine at the front. This belt is what helps keep the alternator, power steering pump and air conditioner compressor running. It should be tight, not loose. If it is loose, this is an indication that you need a new alternator. Look out for fine cracks and whether or not the edges are starting to wear off. This usually means that the alternator tensioner also needs to be changed.
Are the Cables All Disconnected?
Before lifting the entire alternator out of the car, first check if the cables attached to it are all disconnected. The alternator helps power many parts which make up the electrical system of our car all which are directly or indirectly attached to it. Moving the alternator with some cables still attached risks stretching or even snapping the wires. Focus on the bottom and double check again just to make sure that no plugs or wires aren’t still attached.
Check Belt Tension After Alternator Replacement
You may have already checked to see if the belt tension is up to par with the old alternator, something that you need to do again after installing the new alternator. The old alternator may have a different fitting which may mean too much or too little tension on the alternator belt. There’s a good chance you may have missed it or were not able to figure out that the alternator belt had some flaws the first time. Only to realize during the second inspection that you also need a new belt or a new tensioner.
Many opt to replace the alternator themselves as a Do It Yourself project but chances are that you may miss something or end up making the problem much worse. It is advisable to get trained professionals who are more experienced. Having done numerous Porsche alternator replacements, they are more likely to do the job right. If you however choose to give it a go, the points above are sure to limit the chances of you going wrong.