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Alternator belt car is eating up alternator belt, replace with a new belt and get a squealing noise. tried adjusting the tention but same results

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  • ricfigct Jan 15, 2009

    alternator belt has popped 3 times within 4 months changed the alternator also checked tension and still no fix did mazda claim this issue as manufaturer's cause, and if so can they pay my mechanic please help me with this problem ricfigct@yahoo.com

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I had the same problem, repeatedly for more than a year. Turns out that the first time the belt broke and was replaced, something in the piece that the belt raps around was moved very slightly out of line. The mechanic told me that the piece has to eb calibrated perfectly; otherwise the belt will keep loosening and breaking. The piece--I think it was the bracket (or whatever) on the water pumpt that holds the belt onto the pump--was reclaibrated, and, voila! No further problems, at not yet.

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Replace the altenator pulley wheel it is worn outside the spec of the belt

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    Andy Bathgate Nov 01, 2008

    its width is now barely gripping the belt from day one and is probably nicely polished

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