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My new (about 3 months old) DB Electrical alternator decided to stop working. It was working fine until my old tensioner went bad and my belt started shredding itself. Parts of the shredding belt went into the alternator- I think. Should I try to open the alternator up and clean the brushes?
I replaced the tensioner and belt. Put the belt back on the right way also.
If you think something got inside there then yes, open it up and clean it out. DB isn't what it used to be in terms of quality. Seems all their stuff is Made in China now and the reliability has gone downhill considerably.
If you have a good starter/alternator shop near you I would take it to them and have it rebuilt.Most I have dealt with use better parts than China or Mexico and so they last a long time.If something did go wrong with it at least it is closer to get it looked at.
I R&Red mine a month ago or so. Somewhere on here or one of the other forums is a great write-up on alternators. It's the rectifier bridge that needs beefed up in most of them, IIRC. I still have my original that lasted 14 years and I'll have it rebuilt sometime soon as a backup. I ended up going with a new Bosch. I have not been disappointed with anything of theirs yet and I don't think this will either.
I cannot find the links right now, but if anybody wants them, I can dig further.
I put a DB electrical starter on my 98 harley last year. It still starts strong, but now and then the jack shaft doesn't do it's job and it sounds like it's binding up. I'm not saying their stuff is junk because this is the only item I've bought from them, but I don't think I'll buy from them again. I saw you guys talking about them so I figured I'd toss my 1 cent in. I would have put 2 cents in but I just paid my taxes and I'm short on pennies.
Current is a 1996 White F250xlt PSD 4x4 standard cab auto. Stock other than 6637 and a new sound system.
Former was a Green 2000 F350xlt PSD auto Xcab LB 4X4. Stock cept for the Wrangler AT/S LT305 70 R16's and the 6637
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