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    Thread: Where to Buy blue exciter wire for alternator?

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      10-07-2012 01:34 AM #1
      Anybody know what gauge wire this is and where's the best place to buy a new one?

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      10-07-2012 10:36 AM #2
      upgrade to mk3

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      10-07-2012 02:01 PM #3
      Please explain--thanks

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      10-08-2012 12:06 AM #4
      What section of the wire are u replacing bro or what happened to ur wire

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      10-09-2012 09:04 AM #5
      Battery light came on the other day and would not turn off and voltage is low..

      Alternator was changed over the summer and battery is 1 year old.

      I want to replace the whole blue exciter wire.

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      10-09-2012 01:31 PM #6
      U want to replace it from the alt to the connector then,yes?

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      10-09-2012 01:56 PM #7
      Yes, from alternator to the back of the battery light on the gauge cluster in the dash.

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      10-09-2012 02:09 PM #8
      You can go to any decent auto parts store and buy bulk wire. Bigger gauge will not hurt, but you don't need it to big. Prob 16 or 18 ga. I have had alts go bad quickly especially if they are rebuilds. Also keep in mind depending on the car there is a diode that can go bad as well. I can't remember if this wire goes through the fuse box first before it makes it to the cluster. If it does that can also bring those connections into suspect. What car are you working on?

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      10-09-2012 03:15 PM #9
      1983 Rabbit GTi- Alternator was changed over the summer, battery last year.

      My mechanic had the dash and gauge cluster apart to change blower motor and odometer gear so maybe the blue wire was messed with.

      I am bringing it back to him this week.

      When I looked at the alternator, it looks as if the blue wire has been cut off. I wanted to put it up on ramps to get a better look but I am home sick today.

      I have changed 2 alternators and 3 batteries in this car....
      Always had a problem with not getting enough volts...

      Maybe its the blue exciter wire OR the alternator is faulty.

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      10-10-2012 10:39 AM #10
      IF the wire is not connected at the alt, start there first and reconnect. It is pretty straight forward to pull a new wire into the car. I'm not sure what your skill level is with working on cars, but it's not a bad job. I dont think the those had a diode. I have also had loose connections at the gauge plug. Low hanging fruit, reconnect the wire.

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      10-13-2012 05:44 PM #11
      Where does this wire run to? Mine has been attached to the posi term on battery with no problems for the last 2 years. Please tell me where it should go

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      10-13-2012 07:55 PM #12
      alt warning light.

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      10-14-2012 12:19 AM #13
      get a multimeter and check the resistance between the connection at the alternator and the connection at the cluster before you waste your money. if that wire has no 12v then the alt will not charge.

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      10-14-2012 09:18 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by hasnfefr View Post
      alt warning light.
      Thanks. I spliced the black(cable) group of wires going into the posi terminal and found the blue wire was in there.
      all best

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