Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 17:19:46 -0400
From: "B. Smith" <>
Subject: Re: Broken Upper Alternator Bracket

The idler is just that and the tension is adjusted by the tensioner that is below and aft of it. There would be no reason for any 'human stress' to be exerted on the bracket that broke. The idler pulley is original and non of the idlers have seized so it appears to be a simple case of metal failure. One would wonder at having a bracket with so little mass to carry the level of moment that is present on the arm. Thanks for your comments. <> wrote in message news:aabl2m$9fr7q$ > Someone who looks an awful lot like B. Smith <> wrote: > > It is a '98 SE 2.0L Turbo with 115K on it. > > > Glad to hear you have not experienced anything similar. I will be somewhat > > surprised if it turns out to be the 'only failure' given the design that has > > such a tremendous moment exerted on the bracket by the idler pulley and such > > a large hole drilled in the bracket at that point. Since it is a fixed > > bracket, more bracing could have been incorporated in the design from the > > top to the bottom and thus avoided the potential of the part to fail. > > > Who worked on that belt last, and did they over-tighten it? Or, is that > tightened with a tensioner? If someone overtightened the belt, well, > the bracket *still* shouldn't break, but it's hard on lots of other > stuff. > > Dave Hinz > > > > --

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