I would hardly call a typical NAPA counter person a reliable source.That is half my point. The other half is it is misnamed, and the name “starter solenoid” is what a replacement from most suppliers will be called. Ford might call it a starter relay, but the NAPA counterperson probably will not.
I would hardly call a typical NAPA counter person a reliable source.
Do any of you guys happen to know what the typical maximum amperage draw would be from the battery (fuel pump, headlights, foglights, wipers, A/C, radio all on)? 75-80A?
Please don't be offended. That is not my intention. I call it what the Ford Service Manual calls it.The term is what the electronics suppliers
call it, technically correct or not. It is like Suspension Dampers vs. Shock Absorbers. The springs handle the rough movement, but the fluid filled thingys dampen the bouncy movement of the suspension.
Around here, NAPA and Carquest usually serve the pro shops and are most likely to have professional parts people, especially compared to the DIY chains Rock Auto commercials make fun of. Please substitute whatever store in your area has the most certified counter techs, not people who think a generator is a free standing, little power plant that runs on gasoline after a storm.
I’m not sure why you are trying to pick apart and misinterpret my posts. If I stepped on your toes, I am sorry, and if you are having a bad day, may it get better!
Here is the 3G alternator that I currently have installed in the car. I believe it is 130A, but I can't remember. Is there any way to tell by looking at it?
I also have the PA Performance 4 AWG alternator wire kit. This came with a 200A megafuse which they state in their instructions not to change. Isn't this too large of a fuse? Shouldn't this be a 150A fuse for 4 AWG wire?
DIY chains Rock Auto commercials make fun of
If you're not relocating, then it's not as necessary to go that big.
Longer cables are harder of everything and especially starters when they're already warm.
Which brings me to another question I've always had. I know most people who have done the 3G alt upgrade typically route the charging cable along the radiator support. I've done the same, but it seems like a more direct route would follow the same path as the starter cable. Provided the cable is properly protected, this would be a better route, correct?
Shouldn't the main battery cable feeding the starter via the solenoid/relay also be fused? With the mini-starter, this cable will always be hot.