Alternator got wet/won't charge

Tiny
CAFEWHAT
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1986, toyota pick-up, 4 cylinder 22R engine with 286000 miles. I think it's a 2.8 litre engine. My power steering pump had been leaking and some of the fluid sprayed onto my alternator so I used an engine degreaser to clean the alternator and then hosed the debris that fell off. Not harshly, just a splash of water. Immediately my dash Charge Light came on and Dash Brake Light andI did this to locate the power steering leak-hose, or pump. The alternator has since tested as bad. Will this dry out? I now have used brake parts cleaner to cleanse and evaporate the area of the alternator. Still, 3 days later, my Charge light is on and alternator is not working. Any advice is helpful.
I placed a previous question but thought I should do so again with the title depicting wet alternator.
Sincere Thanks,
Cafewhat
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Monday, May 21st, 2007 AT 1:38 PM

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Tiny
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I'm pretty sure you fried it. Water and electrical components don't mix. Or a hot engine for that matter.
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Monday, May 21st, 2007 AT 11:02 PM
Tiny
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It is possible that youmay have shorted out the regulator. Depending on if the regulator is external or internal youcan either replace the regulator or you may have to replace the alternator.
A little water shouldnt hurt the alternator/regulator, it may be the combination of brake cleaner and water that damaged the seal or laminate on the circuits and caused the circuit to short.
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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 AT 7:16 AM

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