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Alternator belt keeps breaking

This is the forth belt we've put on and it broke again just wondering if any one knows why

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Either you have a pully that has a bad bearing, or the belt tension is going bad. One of the two will cause this.

Posted on May 27, 2009

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    The alternator bearings are good as the pulley will turn. The alt pulley is also wider and deeper then the other pulleys of which the belt sits in them perfectly. The problem is the belt is slightly out of alighnment at the alt. The mess of attachments holding the alt has to be just right or the belt will overheat and break. I placed a prybar between the pulley and subframe while attachments were loose and nudged the alt over to align it. It worked.


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You probably have an aftermarket alternator, Some come with the wrong pulley installed. You cannot swap pulleys because the shaft is different. This is a very common complaint for this car. Find an original equipment alternator off ebay or a junk yard, you'll see the difference on the pulleys...good luck...blueamber... I have owned 6 of these cars

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