What Do I Do With My Core?

05.15.2018 When purchasing a part from OBB Starters and Alternators, it is not necessary for you to ship us your core, or old part. You can bring your part to your local recycling facility for disposal or keep to rebuild and keep as a spare.

How to Change an Alternator Pulley

05.15.2018 When purchasing a new alternator, many come with a new pulley already installed. There are however, some alternators that do not come with a pulley or you may be using a pulley that is different than the one supplied. In these cases, you will need to use the pulley from your old alternator. The following are some points to remember when exchanging pulleys to prevent any damage. 1. Place your alternator in a horizontal position, not placing any pressure to the end of the shaft. 2. Using a hex wrench, begin to remove nut by placing it in the hexagonal hole. Remember, “righty tighty, lefty loosy“. 3. Some alternators use spacers, it is very important for you...

What is the rotation of my starter motor?

05.15.2018 This is by far the most popular question we receive. The answer is very simple – keeping in mind that each tooth on the gear has a beveled (slanted) edge. To determine your starter’s rotation: Point the drive of the starter away from you or pointed straight up as pictured below. (#1 pictured below): If the beveled edge is on the right (slanting from right to left), it has a clockwise or CW rotation. (#2 pictured below): If the beveled edge is on the left (slanting from left to right), it has a counter clockwise or CCW rotation.   ...

5 Tips Before Replacing Your Starter

05.15.2018 Tip #1:          Before purchasing a new starter, be sure your starter really does not work. You can test your starter using a load tester or voltmeter. Tip #2:          Check to see that your battery is fully charged and that your battery terminals are clean and tight. Check your battery cables. There should be no sign of corrosion or deterioration. Replace if needed. Tip #3:          Look at your...

The Starter Does Not Disengage or Cause the Engine to Start, What’s Wrong?

05.15.2018 To give a quick overview of the function of a starter motor, once the ignition switch is turned the driver is kicked out to engage your engines flywheel. Once the flywheel turns quick enough, it nudges the driver back into the starter motor and the starter motor shuts off. With that said, the first thing we would advise you to do is to make sure the starter motor is properly installed and lined up correctly within the engine. Check that all bolts are tightened. It should not be loose. Next, and also equally important, is to check and recheck your wiring. Are all cables tightened and in good condition? Chances are, especially with reinstallations, your wires are not whe...

Alternator Failure or Dead Battery: Who is the Real Culprit?

05.15.2018 Nothing is more frustrating than trying to start up your car only to realize its not working. We have been there at one time or another, but sometimes it just not clear as to what, if anything we need to replace. Batteries and alternators work closely together and sometimes it may be hard to tell which one needs fixing. Before running out to buy a new battery or alternator, take a moment to search for the real issue at hand. Don’t panic just yet! If you’re lucky it just might be a quick fix! First, we recommend giving your engine a quick check by first inspecting your battery and its wire connections. It’s free and sometimes it just might be the problem. Months ago, my dau...

Starter Motors 101 – What is it?

05.15.2018 Simply put, a starter motor is a necessary component used within an electrical starting system that also includes a starter relay or solenoid and battery. Together, they provide the engine with an electrical charge used to turn and thus, start an engine. Ever wonder what happens when you turn the key to your car, truck, boat, ATV, mower, etc? Well, the simple action of turning your key sets off the first of an interesting chain of events within your engine that gets you going on your way! The moment you turn your key, the battery supplies the necessary electricity to your starter motor first, by way of a starter relay or solenoid to engage and turn over the engine. Next up is th...

Alternators 101 – What it is?

05.15.2018 Alternators 101 Like it was explained to us when we first started out, if it has lights or puts out music, it has an alternator. An alternator is an important part of the electrical system for your application and closely works with the battery and the voltage regulator. What exactly does it do? Its most important job is to keep the battery charged. The alternator generates, and subsequently gives power or electricity to your battery, so that it is always charged and ready to go to produce power to the lights, music, and items of that nature in your application. So how does the alternator work exactly? Well, explaining that part sounds pretty much like something...
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