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Username Post: Killing alternator with a relay        (Topic#357916)
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Loc: San Diego, California
Reg: 02-19-01
09-02-19 07:10 PM - Post#2774709    

I've got a two post kill switch mounted on my rear bumper and when I turn it off the car continues to run...I knew this phenomenon when I installed it. I don't really want to run the alternator wire all the way back to the switch. I experimented a little and found that when I disconnect the exciter wire on the alt after I turn the kill switch off it will stop the motor immediately. So I was wondering if I could use a regular relay that will turn on with the ignition yet turn off when I throw the cut off switch. And if so will I damage the alt in any way.


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09-03-19 06:13 AM - Post#2774727    
    In response to Marcus

Did you try opening the exciter circuit above idle speed? The exciter may not kill the alternator output above idle speed.

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Loc: San Diego, California
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09-03-19 11:57 AM - Post#2774744    
    In response to acardon

Ah...I did not...good point. Ill try it when i get home tonight. Thanks so much.


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