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As in the subject, will an alternator charge in reverse rotation, and if so
will it harm it? I know the cooling fan may not work as well.
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JRP3 wrote:
> As in the subject, will an alternator charge in reverse rotation, and
> if so will it harm it? I know the cooling fan may not work as well.

It will work just fine. For example, the Chevrolet Corvair engines took
the alternator drive off the back of the engine instead of the front,
so their alternators were spinning backwards. All they changed was the fan.

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Thank you all.
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The alternators ran backwards because the engines ran backwards.
The current honda engines don't run backwards. The switched in the
last few years.
Not sure why the originally ran counter clockwise. I've read stuff
about it having to do with which side the tranny would be on and
which side the engine would be on to get better wait balance with the
driver. Of course this is all messed up when the cars are brought to
the US and the driver is on the other side.

-Jeremy

Joseph T. wrote:

> "Honda alternators run backwards. Use one from a Honda and the fan
> will work correctly."
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> Honda is strange...Their engines run opposite and now their
> alternators? Does this have to do with ease of manufacturing or some
> company philosophy? :)
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> On 10/11/07, JRP3 <[email protected]> wrote:
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So just mount it backwards, it will turn forwards...

Zeke Yewdall wrote:
> Should work fine, but will slowly overheat due to the cooling fan not
> working properly.
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