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Old 04-17-2013, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by f925 View Post
Ahh ha, what is "Alt exciter"? This must be my purple wire in question. I do not seem to have a spot for it on the alternator on the boat. Is it possible this no longer serves a purpose on a newer model Alt?

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The exciter wire generates the voltage needed for an alternator to start working once the motor is started, basically the "on" wire for the alternator, and is switched 12v thats why it's also purple in color.

And yes some newer alternators are "self exciting" one wire hook ups which don't require an exciter wire.
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