Starter motor and alternator failures attributed to fluid contamination is on the rise

Leaking fuel filters and lines, steering pumps or pipes and coolant pipes can cause starter motor or alternator damage

Starter motor and alternator failures attributed to fluid contamination is on the rise
Oil contamination allows swarf to build-up on slip rings and brushes.

The number of starter motor and alternator failures attributed to fluid contamination is rising, according to Autoelectro, an independent remanufacturer of rotating electrics.

Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly installing these parts either under or close to a lubricant or fluid component or pipe, Autoelectro says.

Fuel filters and lines, power steering pumps or pipes and coolant pipes are all examples of potential parts which can leak onto the starter motor or alternator, triggering damage and premature failure.

Two vehicles identified to commonly be affected by this type of fault include the Ford Mondeo 1.8 TD (1993-2000) and the Chrysler Voyager 3.3 (1997-2007).

Ford Mondeo 1.8 TD (1993-2000)

Due to a connection fault at the oil supply line and leaking oil from the filter, fluid can enter the alternator.

As the component is located under the turbo, any oil leakage from the turbo will enter the alternator, causing accelerated wear and premature failure.

Chrysler Voyager 3.3 (1997-2007)

There is an unknown source of water contamination which can cause an untimely failure of this starter motor.

The leak needs to be located quickly, and necessary steps must be taken to prevent this breakdown from reoccurring again.

Autoelectro supplies a comprehensive car parc of more than four thousand individual references, with a guarantee of meeting or exceeding original equipment specifications.

For further information about Autoelectro call 01274 656101 or click ‘more details’ below.

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