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    Default alternator covered in power steering fluid

    excuse my ignorance,
    ive just changed out my alternator, i think it failed from oil build up?
    should i store it covered in the dirty oil or clean it and store it dry to reco another day?

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    Default Re: alternator covered in power steering fluid

    That is a common enough failure for these cars, just wipe it down with a rag as running anything else through it may cause other problems later like corrosion. Also recommend getting the leak fixed pronto

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    Default Re: alternator covered in power steering fluid

    Thanks Redwight
    I already put a new steering pump in about three months ago but didn't clean the crud off the alternator.
    long story short, did you know steering fluid in an alternator makes your car idle ruff at starting and lack power?
    Whood of thunk it?
    Put an old/clean alternator in last weekend, now my car starts good, can drive uphill without dropping back to third gear and i can put high beams on without the battery dying.
    Thanks again for your help.

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