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Old 12-27-2006, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alternator Crooked

Soon I'm going to have to replace my belts but while I was under the hood checking out the present condition of the belts I noticed that the alternator was sitting crooked. I remembered one of my friends from the M Shop telling me about an Alternator bracket or bushing or something that goes out, but damn myself I forgot what it was he told me about, and I lost the dude's number.

I was hoping someone would know what it is I'm talking about, and either have the part number or at least the name of the part so I can order it without having to tear the alternator out then call the parts guy at SSF to match it up.
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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check the tension of belt, when checking see if the tension pully is either fully used or no tension is being applied. it will give you an idea how how much your off. dont forget the alternator does pivot if the top bolt isnt installed, if it is installed i cant see there being an issue. any pics?
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Well everything is there are as far as whatever it needs. Just that under the right amount of tension it starts to kind of lean off to the side, and it's not a huge off-angle situation maybe like 5 degrees at most. I guess I'll have to tear it all out and then order the part. I'll try to get a hold of a digi cam to show what I'm talking about.
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Rubber bushings in alternator mounting ears:
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Yup that was exactly it CJH. Unfortunately I didn't know there were four bushings altogether and ended up ordering the two for just the alternator. There are two more for the adjusting bracket. So all in all it's semi fixed and I guess I'll do the rest later.
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