Date: 29 Apr 2004 01:43:46 GMT
From: hdgdnnospamcomnojunk (Hdgdn)
Subject: Re: Serpentine belts and Pulley Crap

>I >have never seen such poor quality until now. I've spent the last three days in the rain and wind, replacing an alternator, to me it's not the quality but the design that's foolish. Having to loosen the very bracket the thing sits in and use the bolt as a lever to twist the alternator sideways so one can get the bolt past the firewall? Come on! Give me a break. What idiot dreamed this up? And what's this with the double belts? (1988 900s 16v)? There's no way to remove them and change them without a major struggle. I have a certified Nissan mechanic and a Jeep mechanic as neighbors, these guys make their living working on vehicles, and they are as confused and disgusted as I am about the mess under that hood. One of the two redundant belts was partly toothless, and twisted itself inside out. After well over an hour of trying various things to twist it back over, the three of us couldn't make any progress, I lost my temper and cut the thing off. Anybody else do this? Will it do any harm? There's still a belt running the water pump, alternator, and power steering. I gave up on the a/c long ago, bought the car used and the a/c belt was off, so I've left it that way, (don't use it anyhow). James F. Hodgdon Jr. Hodgdon Scale Models

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