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2000 Carrera 2 6 speed coupe - Alternator/cables tests

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I would like to do the tests on alternator and cables described in a post of Ahsai on June 25, 2013.

Some of the tests involve connecting into the alternator output called ‘A’ in the post.  I have trouble in locating ‘A’ on the back side of the alternator using an inspection mirror and I am not sure about how to make a reliable connection into it with the test cable.  The post mentions the use of a J shaped hook attached to an insulated wire, but I don't know what the connection point looks like and where it is.  I am also concerned about the risk of causing a short. 

Any suggestions on how I should proceed?


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You can see the connection in figure 5 here, where the red arrow points to.




I made the j hook out of some green vinly coated stiiff wire. Just remove a quarter inch of the vinyle at the tip and bend it into a j shaped hook. Connect the other end to one of the test probes of the multimeter. Since the whole hook is coated by an insulator, it won't short out anything.



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Thanks, Ahsai.  But I am not familiar with this alternator and what is on the back side of it.  Where is the connection point and what are its shape and approximate dimensions so that I can finalize the geometry of the hook?


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Did you see figure 5 above?


Here's the photo of my hook for your reference. I think you may be over thinking it. You only need the hook to touch the terminal long enough to capture a reading so you just poke around until you get a reading.



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