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4000csq belt squeeking at start

In message <1D94A6F04B78D1119D5B0060979FBE9A01C306@A1> Aleksander Mierzwa writes:

> I just wanted to ask a this question when this thread emerged: have
> other I-5 owners noticed that they need to tighten the alternator belt
> annoyingly often?

No, never.  Beware that the factory specs for 'new' and 'already run' belt 
tightnesses are different.
> I have to tighten the belt approx. every 1000 miles if
> not less. I don't have to say it's a BIG PITA given the adjusting
> mechanism is probably the most stupid design I've ever seen (After
> stripping the teeth on two $7 adjusting nuts and the thread on the
> alternator (substituted with a longer bolt and a nut)  I'm using good
> old jack handle as a lever now).

I thought it was the _neatest_ design I'd ever seen, because it allows belt 
tightness to be specified in Nm, and not in terms of the legendary calibrated 
German mechanics' fingers.

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club