Date: 26 Apr 2002 13:35:18 GMT
Subject: Re: Broken Upper Alternator Bracket

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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