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Old April 12th, 2005, 21:52   #1
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Default Slip type Alternator pulley, WHY?????

Is the only reason that there is a slip type pulley on the alternator to keep the noise level down? or is it more important than that?
And why is there a 120 amp alternator on a Jetta?
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Old April 12th, 2005, 22:15   #2
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Default Slip type Alternator pulley, WHY?????

Why 120 amps? Think, 4 engine glow plugs, plus 3 coolant glow plugs, plus headlights, plus engine management. That's a LOT of amps.

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Old April 13th, 2005, 07:51   #3
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Default Slip type Alternator pulley, WHY?????

The alternator spins at high speed and has a fair bit of inertia. The one way clutch prevents the alternator from backdriving the crank when the crank speed is fluctuating (as it is when the engine is idling.) This stops the belt tensioner from bouncing around. If you are familiar with the Canadian 1.9TD, you may have heard about problems with the crank pulley coming loose due to wear on the keyway. The one way clutch helps prevent this sort of damage by preventing torque reversals on the crank/crank pulley joint. The addition of the one way clutch as well as a slightly different method of "keying" the pulley to the crank seems to have solved the crank pulley problem on the TDI.
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