FW: grrr...type 44 volt jolt and belt tightening

Huw Powell audi at mediaone.net
Mon Feb 4 18:09:13 EST 2002

> Lots of comments re not-overtightening and damage to the alternator bearing
> but I suspect that a seriously overtightened belt will also accelerate
> (unintentional, of course) the demise of your main front crank bearing.

Sounds like a diagnosis in search of a problem to me.

The crank bearings on these engines are so rugged and reliable and
robust (and a few more words beginning with "r"), I somehow doubt that
anything you do with an alternator belt is going to hurt them.

If, on the other hand, we had a constant issue with bad front main
bearings, it might be an issue.

Huw Powell



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