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Old 04-11-2015, 09:23 AM   #15
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:56 AM   #16
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I start my Mh everymonth to get oil circulation through the engine. I do not agree with the shop that thinks you have to turn an alternator every month to keep it from freezing up. Those are sealed bearings, setting is not going to affect them. However other things on your engine has lubricated bearings or seals that can dry up. Starting the engine to prolongue there life is a great idea.
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I start my Mh everymonth to get oil circulation through the engine. I do not agree with the shop that thinks you have to turn an alternator every month to keep it from freezing up. Those are sealed bearings, setting is not going to affect them. However other things on your engine has lubricated bearings or seals that can dry up. Starting the engine to prolongue there life is a great idea.
Is this cause or effect? LOL

The one connection to the shop manager's comment is that here in the RGV there are a lot of MHs that sit for 3-4 months and his observation is that he has replaced a lot of seized alternators. What is a "lot"? I don't know but it is his perception so take it for what it is...his observation.

I don't want to twist this thread to far off but...

You can find other threads where folks say that starting the motor and not getting it up to operational temps is not so good either. Perhaps a fast idle for 15-20 minutes will get the job done.

I believe your point about the alternator's sealed bearings and co-incidences do happen. I'm also re-evaluating my thoughts on monthly engine starting.
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Is this cause or effect? LOL

The one connection to the shop manager's comment is that here in the RGV there are a lot of MHs that sit for 3-4 months and his observation is that he has replaced a lot of seized alternators. What is a "lot"? I don't know but it is his perception so take it for what it is...his observation.

I don't want to twist this thread to far off but...

You can find other threads where folks say that starting the motor and not getting it up to operational temps is not so good either. Perhaps a fast idle for 15-20 minutes will get the job done.

I believe your point about the alternator's sealed bearings and co-incidences do happen. I'm also re-evaluating my thoughts on monthly engine starting.
Machinery that sits in a humid climate is subject to seizure. That's a fact. Even your entry steps will give trouble, they need a shot of lube once in a while.

IMO, Starting the engine for short periods is not the best. For me, I would disconnect the fuel solenoid and just crank it over on the starter for a bit (10-15 seconds) and call it a day. This will circulate oil up to the top end and through the bearings etc. I'm sure this comment will cause a storm.
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I too have read the it is bad for it to just start for a few minutes posts. I do not know enough to know whether or not it is right or not. I start my generator and engine then let them run for at least a half hour. I usually do that when i have something else going on. Whether or not that is good for it I do not know but if it is bad it will be an expensive mistake that I will find out about probably a long time from now.

I had a boat that life just got going too fast and i did not mess with it. I woke up one day and it had been ten years since i had touched my old boat. It had a chevy II engine in it ( mercruiser 125 horse) When i went to start it there were several things wrong with it including the pistons stuck in the cylinders. I did some creative thinking with some break free type of lubes and a 125 psi air pump. Finally got enough lube to get the rings free and started it. One of the things that did not happen was the Alternator Bearings had frozen. When I started it up the Alternator turned just fine.
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WELL...no more frozen alternator. It was replaced this morning and all is good. I was able to get a 170 amp alternator to replace the 160 amp, original one. Not much of a bump but it doesn't hurt either.
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WELL...no more frozen alternator. It was replaced this morning and all is good. I was able to get a 170 amp alternator to replace the 160 amp, original one. Not much of a bump but it doesn't hurt either.

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Thank you for the update, it's good to hear.
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WELL...no more frozen alternator. It was replaced this morning and all is good. I was able to get a 170 amp alternator to replace the 160 amp, original one. Not much of a bump but it doesn't hurt either.

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Take the old one and get it rebuilt. I did that with the one on the "old" Dutch Star. Now I have a spare sitting at the stick house (and I don't even have the MH anymore). Only cost $190 to rebuild. They found the brushes were burned and the bearing was water damaged but not yet bad.
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What ESW company do you have and did they treat you right?

We hear so much about some of those plans not covering things so it's good to hear of a good one.
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