We left the battery disconnected over the 3 day holiday but found the short gone from the alternator when we went to replace it this Monday morning. We moved the ignition switch from on to off to lock and started and stopped the engine but can't get the 3.8 amp short to reoccur. Can a shorted alternator be intermittent?
So with the alternator charging just fine and no leakage current back through it, the aerostar was put back in service only to have the alternator burn up at 3PM, as in smoke from it's windings and needing a dose from a fire extinguisher. Maybe it was a piece of metallic debris moving around in a winding?
Monday, July 7th, 2008 AT 1:54 PM