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Old 06-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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Alternator Seized

Anyone experience their alternator seizing up? Mine has and now I'm looking for a replacement. I obtained the model number from Spartan (A001090772), but it has been replaced by A0012824LC. I was looking for it locally, but have been unsuccessful. I did find a new one on ebay for $315 + $20 shipping. Or, a reman Wilson, from NAPA for $382+tax.

When the alternator seized, it broke the main engine belt, too. I bought a replacement at NAPA today. And, when Spartan sends me the routing diagram, I should be able to install the belt - after I find the alternator.

Any suggestions on where to purchase the alternator? What do you think about the ebay option?

Earlier this week, I did order a new set of Michelin XZA3+ EVERTREAD 275/80R22.5 LRH, through the FMCA Michelin Advantage program ($521 plus $34.59 Federal Excise Tax). I would like to get the MH running by the time the tires arrive sometime this week, or next.

In the 7 years of owning the MH, I really have not had big issues, so this small setback isn't too bad.
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If it's just seized bearings, it may be cheaper and faster to have a local auto electric shop replace them and test the unit.
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If you are able to remove it, take it off and take it to a alternator/starter rebuilder. Will be cheaper, quicker and you will know that it will fit when you put it back on.
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Thanks guys. I'm heading over to remove it.

I did a search for alternator rebuilders for my area and found one about 25 miles away. You would think there would be plenty around Chicago!
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Did your search turn up any of these?

http://www.google.com/search?q=Chica...bestwebbuys%29



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^ Yes, I saw a lot of those. Here is the one with the most potential: P&G Keene Electrical Rebuilders LLC
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Update: Inland could get the alternator for $322, but would take 5 business days to deliver, unless I wanted to pay for air freight. P&G had it in stock for $374 and would install a new 8-ribbed pulley. So, I drove over there and purchased it. Unfortunately, I had to pay that high Crook County tax.

Also, I decided to replace my A/C condenser belt, since I had to take it off to put on the new main engine belt. However, the Spartan part number is identified as: LA90871-12005. But, that number is special to Spartan only. The real part number is Dayco 17475. With that number I got the Gates equivalent: 9476HD and NAPA NBH 259476HD.

I ended up buying from Spartan's RVChassisParts.com, which was cheaper than NAPA - I was able to purchase 2 belts + shipping and it was still cheaper than NAPA's price for 1. Now, I just need to install the alternator and belts. If anyone has a diagram of the routing for the main engine belt for their Dutch Star, I would be interested in seeing it. Spartan did not have a specific diagram, but provided a generalized routing diagram from Cummins.
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