Does water damage the alternator? - Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
greku's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 102
Does water damage the alternator?

Hi all and happy new year first of all, recently in malta it has been makking a lot of rain thus making the streets flood. this meant that i had to pass from heavy waters alot with my serie 3 33. sometimes when passing through water the battery signeal in the dashboard will switch on then will switch of again when the revs ae increased. probabbly this happened because the alternator got wet. A guy told me that when the alternator and the self-starter get wet means that it has been damged and in a short period they will stop functioning. is it true? if yes? can i do something about it?
greku is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 06:43 AM
Registered User
77SudTi's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Posts: 755
if theres no immediate electrical fault when you drive through deep water, then I think you will have no problems. Heat from the engine and alternator itself will cause everything to dry out pretty quickly. I dont think it will be likely that it will give up since it has been wet.
For it to have gotten wet I'd say that was some deep water you were driving through! Id be more worried about my engine taking on water than my alternator.

- '77 Sud Ti
- '88 series II 33 1.7
77SudTi is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
greku's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 102
well i don't think it happens beacuse it's really deep, but rather because of continous splashing from lots of holes or a long roads which is a bit flooded. the battery light went on also when very large splashes from other vehicles came across my car well hope there will be no damge hehe. Thanks.
greku is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 01:54 AM
Registered User
dave.armstrong's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 50
It may just be water going over the bottom pulley and making the drive belt slip. The alternator is very well protected.
dave.armstrong is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome