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Alternator Product Numbering in the US - What does it mean?

Part confusion imageWe get asked from time-to-time how we came to have such a creative part numbering system.


OK, in truth it usually comes out more along the lines of 'How on earth could you guys have taken something that should be so simple and turned it into such a mess?'. Well, believe it or not, we actually have a [good reason] [logical explanation] excuse.


Call it what you will, we can explain most of it, and have written a technical bulletin that describes in detail what most of our US alternator product numbering means and from where it came.


New 220 and 245 Amp (12/14 volt) High Output, High Temperature Alternators Available!

220, 245 amp alternatorsLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the addition of alternators with outputs of 220 amp and 245 amp (12 volt) to its line of popular high amperage 4000 series alternators. "The new models, available in both J180 and Pad mount design, fill a gap in our current lineup of high output alternators." says Jim Beirne, Executive VP Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "The new models incorporate all of the best design features our customers have come to expect in our alternators, including very high output at idle and the ability to run in high temperature environments. Best of all, we have been able to leverage manufacturing efficiencies utilizing our solid lead frame design to allow us to reduce the price of these units."


Titan 105 Gear Reduced Starter Motor Now Available

Titan 105 starter motorLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of the TitanTM105 medium duty, in-line gear reduced starter motor. "We are pleased to release our newest addition to the TitanTM lineup of gear reduced starter motors" says Scott Miller, Director of US Aftermarket Sales. "The M105302 is a 105 mm, 5kW, 12 volt, in-line gear reduced starter motor that has been designed for diesel engines up to 11 liters, including the International DT466, DT530, DT570 and Cummins ISC and ISL engines."

Brushless alternator wiring instructions - how to install the new 185 amp alternators (TSB-1057)

Brushless alternator wiringOur new brushless alternators, rated at 160 and 185 amp (12 volt) are universal replacement alternators. These alternators come standard with both remote sense and lamp driver connections, so they will work in almost any application that you'll run across. However, you're going to need to know how to wire them up correctly, so you should download this technical service bulletin and keep it handy!

School Bus Alternator Application Guide - TSB-1025

TSB-1025 school bus alternatorThis technical bulletin is a detailed document that focuses on the entire charging system in school bus applications. The bulletin covers the alternator, batteries, and interconnected cabling in this type of demanding environment. Here are some examples from the bulletin:

No-Idle System Advanced Troubleshooting Guide - MC-615-PACKIT - TSB-1058

TSB-1058 MC-615 regulatorThe MC-615-PACKIT is an advanced voltage regulator that has been designed to meet the demanding needs of today's high technology dynamic electrical systems. These systems, the primary use of which are most often referred to as a 'No-Idle' system, are being used on some of the most advanced heavy duty truck designs on the road today. The MC-615 regulator constantly monitors the operating temperatures and voltage of the batteries, while also managing the alternator and monitoring its temperature. The controller regulates the voltage of the alternator for the specific battery type chosen by the vehicle manufacturer, and charges the batteries in three seperate stages.

Along with this advanced technology, however, comes increased complexity when diagnosing problems within the system. This 14 page guide walks you through the steps required to effectively troubleshoot any system that has the MC-615-PACKIT installed.

Click on the link below to download the file (pdf format).

No-Idle system - Prestolite Signs Licensing Agreement with Balmar for regulator

MC-614 no idle system
(Update - originally posted 3/07)
Ballard Commercial Industries, Inc. (Balmar) and Prestolite Electric Incorporated have today announced that they have entered into a licensing agreement which allows Prestolite to produce and sell regulators using Balmar’s specialized no-idle system regulator technology for heavy duty truck applications. The agreement becomes effective April 1st, 2007. This regulator technology allows for a customized battery charging profile to be used in deep cycle applications, instead of conventional regulation methods.

Leece-Neville Announces New Parts List Format

new_parts_list_format.jpgLeece-Neville is proud to announce the release of a new, improved format for our Service Parts Lists (US and North America only). This new format has been designed to reduce the time of repair, simplify inventory requirements and ensure that you always receive genuine components with our latest design improvements in place.

Leece-Neville Announces New Titan brand gear reduced starter motors

PG1007_Titan125.jpgLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the release of the Titan™ Series of heavy duty, in-line gear reduced starter motors. "Our complete line of 12 volt gear reduced starter motors will be marketed under the Titan™ brand in North America", says Eric Bippus, Vice President of Worldwide Aftermarket Sales. "The Titan™ series reflects our global commitment to advanced engineering in our core business, producing the highest quality rotating electrical components specifically designed for the heavy duty marketplace."


The initial release of the Titan™ series will include models in the 101, 105 and 125 mm frame size. The three sizes will provide coverage for the most popular heavy duty diesel engines in 12 volt applications ranging from 6 to 16 liter. The flagship of the new line, the Titan™125, is a 125mm starter that was engineered from the ground up for the largest of these engines.


"We recognized in 2005 that there was a need for an in-line, gear reduced starter that would be capable of cranking future big bore diesel engines. We understood, through our relationships with all of the major diesel engine manufacturers, that the EPA mandates of 2007 and 2010 would be placing additional demands on the starting / charging environments in all heavy diesels, and especially in the 15-16 liter range," says Bippus. "We set out to create a 'best of breed' starter that would encompass the most advanced features currently available, and have the power to crank these new diesel engines in the most demanding environments. The Titan™125 has been in fleet tests from Alaska to Australia since early in 2006 with outstanding results, we know that we’ve got a product that is head and shoulders above anything else that is currently available."


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