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RE: Window & Alternator
I would concur on the alternator. If it's making noise, fix it. I had
similar problem on an old Rabbit that I got rebuilt for fairly cheap, rather
than big bucks to replace.
Ian Duff, New Bedford, MA
1990 Coupe Quattro
>From: Al Powell[SMTP:APOWELL@agcom.tamu.edu]
>Sent: Monday, April 01, 1996 9:54 AM
>Subject: Window & Alternator
>More on driver's window not coming down when switch is pressed.
>After re-installing the window switch panel in my 200, I tried
>pressing the switch repeatedly, and I believe I hear a very quiet click
>the door when I press the switch. Makes me think the problem may be
>poor contact at the motor.....
>I did get a helpful reply from Mike LaRosa on removing the switch
>from the panel in which it's mounted; his recommendation is
>basically the Tim Taylor method: MORE POWER! (Push harder and try
>not to remove too much skin and thumbnail when the switch pops
>Guess I'll try again on the switch, then go inside the door.
>Also - my alternator is working fine but making a lot of noise. The
>old screwdriver-stethoscope method pinpoints the alternator as the
>source of rattling, nasty noises. My bet is bad bearings at 69K miles.
>Also seems like this would be as good a time as any to do brushes,
>etc. so I think I'll have it rebuilt for $96.50 (with one year
>warranty) at a local alternator specialty biz. They say they can do it in
>about two hours if I want to bring mine in - or they have ones
>they've rebuilt on hand. When in doubt, I'd just as soon keep my own
>and have them do it. Just don't want those bearings to go bad on the
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