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