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> From: AUDIDUDI@delphi.com
> My '89 200q threw two belts within the first two months I owned it ... after
> I finally got a parts manual, I discovered there's a second bolt on the back
> of the mount that was missing. Looking at it casually, everything certainly
> appeared to be lined up but looking at it closer, it was clear something was
> off a bit. I've since had reason to check out a '90 200T and discovered the
> same bolt was missing on it ... given the extra work involved in fitting it,
> I have a hunch some mechanics might intentionally "forget" about it.
Interesting. I pulled the alternator on my '90 200 because the
bearing was about to go - and had it rebuilt locally in 1/2 day. For
the bearing, it cost a grand total of $36!! BUT - I also noticed
that there was only one bolt in the top alternator mount/pivot point
(in my case it was the rear bolt) even though there is obviously room
in the mount for a front bolt, and there are threads too. I've been
meaning to add one but keep forgetting...not a critical part one
looks at every day.
... Most times replacement alternators have a larger hole in the
> upper mount that makes them prone to misalignment.... Or the
> medal tab with the tractor adjuster is bent out/in enough to get
> a diagnal line to the main pulley...
Another good reason why I try to avoid replacing alternators and
starters with rebuilt units - I much prefer to have a local shop
rebuild the one I bring in. All the holes match and I know what I
Al Powell, Ph.D. Voice: 409/845-2807
107 Reed McDonald Bldg. Fax: 409/862-1202
College Station, TX 77843
"Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the
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[From 5th/6th grade essays....]