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Alternator belt my golf 1999 tdi seem to be going through quite a lot of alternator belts. whats wrong

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Either you have a siezed or partially siezed idler pulley, tensioner pulley, or ancilliary device (alternator, PAS pump, aircon compressor, etc), a weak tensioner spring on the auto tensioner, or the belt is running out of true.


There is a bolt or something similar protruding into the area of the belt and wearing its way through it.



Posted on Aug 10, 2008

  • Steven Adams
    Steven Adams Aug 10, 2008

    Thinking on, if the initial problem was just a squealing belt which was allowed to squeal for just a little bit too long before you had it rectified, then the problem could be what is known in the trade as a "polished crank pulley", wherein the slipping belt has smoothed out the friction surface of the crank pulley which causes it to lose its ability to grip every belt you choose to fit. The fix for this is a new bottom pulley, and obviously a new belt.





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