Question about 2008 Dodge Avenger
My engine rattled and i had the same things done, the oil change and tune up because i had 83000 miles. That didn't fix the problem and after spending $120 the mechanic said it was the alternator because there was some build up on the side of it which he said is a way to figure out if its going bad or not. Anyway this cost me almost $700 to fix now the rattling noise is gone and all is good. The mechanic said that it was ok to continue driving the car but if the alternator went completely out be prepaid to have it towed once your battery charge is gone.
Just a 2008 Dodge Avenger owner for over 3years now.
Posted on May 11, 2011
Testimonial: "Thanks, you were dead on. Listened with a piece of hose and isolated to altenator. These altenators have a clutch on the nose and thats what goes bad."
The noise is actually from the "decoupler pulley" on the front of the alternator. The part is available online for around $45. I got mine from Auto Parts and Stuff. Gates p/n 37018P $44.89 plus shipping. Search YouTube for a video titled "2008 Dodge Avenger engine noise fix Alternator "decoupler pulley". If you want to save some money, and the alternator tests as good you may want to try this.
Posted on Mar 16, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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