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Question Alternator spin direction? Does it really matter?

An alternator produces AC voltage. So, AC voltage is produced by spinning in any direction right? Does it matter which direction the alternator spins? I am assuming it doesn't matter.

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I dunno about that but you also have to have cooling vanes spinning the right way for cooling...


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True, I didn't think about that Ray.
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Re: Alternator spin direction? Does it really matter?

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An alternator produces AC voltage. So, AC voltage is produced by spinning in any direction right? Does it matter which direction the alternator spins? I am assuming it doesn't matter.

Cars are DC voltage not AC voltage.

And yeah you need to spin the alt in the direction of the cooling fins.

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Cars are DC voltage not AC voltage.
yes but alternators produce AC current which is converted to DC. A few engines have DC generators but they aren't widely used because alternators are capable of greater efficiency.

still not sure if there is a "right" direction for electricity generation though. you can put a voltmeter on it and see if it produces the same polarity of current when spun either way by hand...

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The twin diode bridge use to make DC will still make a positive DC if the AC source is reversed. This is full wave (180 degree) rectification. A negative voltage could not be produced unless the source winding was center tapped and used as a "zero " reference.

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It will work either direction, but cooling is designed for the stock rotation for best cooling. Won't cool very well in reverse rotation.

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Either way for AC.
Some aftermarket supercharger kits mount the alternator backwards. I wonder if they burn out quicker.
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