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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-19-2013, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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I was changing out the battery in my 1964 GTO when I accidentally crossed the wires - the ground was RED (I thought red was HOT) - anyway it was only connected that way for a few seconds, but smoke came out of the alternator! Did I burn up my alternator? Once I corrected the crossed wired she fired right up and I drove her for a few miles before putting her to bed and disconnecting the neg. Should I have someone check out the alternator??:r ofl:
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Yep. It's a lot easier letting the smoke out than putting it back in. Have the alternator and wiring checked out to avoid a fire hazard.
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Check for melted wires, too. Just in case.
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I'd check the entire charging system.
If you have an external voltage regulator, it may have been damaged.

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