On Sun, 05 Jun 2005 20:00:58 GMT, glover firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I know very well what a diode does. I even have a pretty good idea
how. I also know that they DO fail, and how. A diode can be used as a
rectifier, as a switch, as a detector, a light source, and a light
detector among many other things. I have used them for all the above
in many different projects - Copper Oxide, Selenium, Germanium, Galium
Arsenide, Silicon, and vacuum tube(heated and cold cathode type)
types.I've even made a few (crystal detectors) back when you were
still a gleam in your Daddy's eye.
Because you don't know, and you want us to educate you?
It's basically a "one-way valve" that allows the alternator to pump electricity
out to the battery, and keeps the electricity from draining backwards through
the stator's windings to ground. Of course, if one or more of the diodes
goes bad and shorts itself, there's nothing keeping the battery from being
drained through the diode. And before you mention the key being off (again),
the key doesn't break the direct connection between the alternator output and
battery, it only controls the power to the field windings.
Yep, there we go... Once again, Hurc admits he's wrong (in a roundabout way)
by trying to change the subject to some stupid question with no answer, and
which has absolutely no relevance to the original poster's problem.
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