Ametek Solenoid Switches

Solenoid switches may run a number of things on your fleet’s trucks, but the most common use for a solenoid switch is to operate the starter. Having a high-quality, reliable part, then, is of prime importance. A good solenoid switch will ensure that your drivers don’t get stranded with a vehicle that won’t start, creating … Continue reading Ametek Solenoid Switches

Download Your Free Guide to 24 Volt Off-Highway Alternators

The Free Guide to 24 Volt Off-Highway Starters and Alternators This great new Off-Highway 24 Volt Quick Reference Guide from Delco Remy provides over 120 part number cross references with only 26 versatile Delco Remy numbers. 8 newly released Delco Remy part numbers alone replace 28 competitive part numbers! You can download the Delco Remy 24 … Continue reading Download Your Free Guide to 24 Volt Off-Highway Alternators

The Best Way to Reduce Battery Charge Time

Make frequent stops? This is the best way to reduce your battery charge time For school buses, trucks with lift gates, delivery trucks and other vehicles making frequent stops throughout the work day, Remote Sense Technology from Delco Remy (available on Delco Remy alternator models 35SI, 36SI, 28SI and 40SI) optimizes battery state-of-charge to give … Continue reading The Best Way to Reduce Battery Charge Time

Delco Remy Starters and Alternators for School Buses

Complete Coverage for the School Bus Market Reliability and fuel savings are so important in today’s school bus market. Buses need to last as long as they can to avoid putting strain on your school board’s shrinking budget. Delco Remy starters and alternators are designed to last and minimize downtime so kids get to school … Continue reading Delco Remy Starters and Alternators for School Buses

What are Alternator Diodes and Can I Fix Mine?

A vehicle’s alternator is a major component to consider when you experience vehicle troubles.  Though relatively small, alternators account for the mechanical-turned-electrical energy needed to power various accessories, like headlights, power windows, radio, as well as your vehicles starter—the vehicles battery. Parts There are a few alternator parts that operators can fiddle with in order … Continue reading What are Alternator Diodes and Can I Fix Mine?

How Problematic Alternators Can Affect Your Industrial Vehicle’s Performance

You’re cruising down the highway, trying to make good time on your arrival to deliver the promised products to a business owner. It’s getting late, and you’re only about 50 clicks from the destination when you notice your company’s truck headlights dim, and a burning smell wafts through the compartment. The cause can typically be … Continue reading How Problematic Alternators Can Affect Your Industrial Vehicle’s Performance

12V versus 24V versus 36V Vehicle Systems

Who Remembers 6-volt Car Batteries? Most cars manufactured in North America before 1950 used 6-volt batteries. This voltage was adequate given the low power requirements of vehicles at that time. During and after the World War II, however, copper prices rose and cars added more control circuits, motors and electronic devices. By the mid-1950s, 12-volt … Continue reading 12V versus 24V versus 36V Vehicle Systems

A History of Alternators

By 1960, automotive alternators were standard equipment for most car makes. Prior to that, generators had been used in vehicles because rectification of AC current into DC current required mechanical means until the advent of heavy-duty silicon diodes. Once diode rectifiers were available, the more expensive, heavier, higher-maintenance, lower-reliability generators were quickly replaced with alternators. … Continue reading A History of Alternators

How Are Marine Alternators Different from Other Vehicle Alternators?

Commercial and industrial grade vehicle electrical systems require reliable, safe and robust power sources. These systems often charge battery banks under adverse conditions of temperature, moisture and dust. High-performance alternators are engineered with these and other considerations in mind. Marine versus Automotive Alternator Requirements Fuel-efficiency via weight reduction is a primary goal for automotive design. … Continue reading How Are Marine Alternators Different from Other Vehicle Alternators?

Factors that Affect the Lifetime of an Alternator

Our vehicles work hard for us, oftentimes under less than ideal conditions. Though the engine is mostly protected from the harsh elements, parts like the alternator are exposed. Without a working alternator, your vehicle will only run as long as the battery has a charge, which is not long under normal working conditions and electrical … Continue reading Factors that Affect the Lifetime of an Alternator