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The pivot bolt on my alternator for 2003 Toyota Echo is loose

The other day we start up the car and the alternator belt comes off. We fix it, no damage to the belt (only a couple days new) and start the car again. The belt again comes off. As we inspect further- and with a friend- he comments that there should be a cover on that bottom bolt holding it into place, which is no longer there. The bolt moves around letting the tension on the alternator completely loose. We went to the dealership and they could not find this part and said something about the people who manufacture the engine puts parts on after they do and aren't Toyota specific. Right now we are putting brass pipe into the place to tighten the bolt as the cover or sleeve would have since we can't seem to find this part. Any idea what this part is or where we can find it?

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Cover? Are you refering to a "bushing"? Maybe that is why the dealer cannot find the part. They probably have no clue what you are talking about. Ask them to show you an exploded view of the alternator and alternator mountings, or print a copy of it for you. It would probably be easy to determine what part is missing if you have a picture of what parts are SUPPOSED to be there. Then the dealer's part explosion will have numbers to identify each part. If you can tell them which number you need, they can probably get it for you.

There are many parts like this that are not shown or even discussed in the service manuals. Then sometimes there are parts shown in the service manuals that will have a different name for them than the description in the parts catalog, which just adds to the confusion. So, I call the dealers and have them fax me parts explosions. Then I figure out the number for the part I need and call them with the number. The counter people usually have no clue what I am talking about, but when I give them the number, they can look it right up and get the part for me.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012

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    creedfreak12 Feb 21, 2012

    That MAY be what it's called- but when we looked at the explosion at the dealership they couldn't find it either. The brass pipe replacing the part is working perfectly- my alternator problems that's been going on for months (I work as a paper carrier overnights and the poor car has gone through so much with the alternator) has seem to let up and the echo is performing as it did before the job. I'll still look into the actual part though. (yeah, the last time we broke the top bolt on the alternator it took them over 45 minutes to find the part on their diagrams...)

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