Whoops: Alternator belt won't stay tightened . . . .

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sat Aug 31 08:36:10 EDT 2002

Somehow I managed to send without the pointer I'd typed in.

Anyway, does the '89 have the "toothed rack" type of tightening system or
the multiple bolt tightening?  If the latter, are you tightening ALL THREE
pivot bolts while applying pressure to the alternator to maintain proper
adjustment?  If you have the toothed rack type, you may have a stripped
tightener bolt on the rack.

At 12:04 AM 08/31/2002 -0400, Ice Cat     ^. .^   ~ wrote:

>I am wondering whether anyone has had the problem with an alternator
>belt that just won't stay tightened.
>First it starts to squeak and slip, and then shows not enough juice
>being returned to the battery when I drive.
>Each time my husband tightens it, it stays for less and less time . .
>. ???  Now it will not hold for even the first drive.    We put on a
>new alternator belt which we purchased from the dealership after the
>last one which looked great didn't stay tightened.
>Of course we don't want to over-tighten it and wreck a bearing, but
>is there a trick to tightening it without tightening too much or too
>little ?   Fay
>'89 Audi 200 Turbo (No Q)
>  "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at
>kick boxing."

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