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Polarizing a Studebaker Generator

  • The polarity is determined by the direction of the last current through the field windings. Since even a very small current can polarize the shoes, never assume the generator is properly polarized.

  • Polarization is a procedure which matches the polarity for the generator and the voltage regulator.

  • Whenever the battery, generator or Voltge Regulator is disconnected from the vehicle for any reason the polarization procedure should be performed.

  • NOTE:
    Studebaker used BOTH (Delco) AND (Autolite) products and each are polarized in different manners.
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    From the 1955 Shop Manual

    From the 1959 - 1964 Shop Manual