Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 09:47:34 -0500
From: Ben <jimnospamcom>
Subject: Re: 1999 9-3 Alternator Pulley Noise

Fred W wrote: > Ben wrote: > >> Hi all, >> >> The alternator pulley seems to be going a bit noisy on me. I'm >> assuming there's a bearing somewhere in there. Can I change just that, >> or should I go for the rebuilt alternator unit? >> >> I looked at a few rebuilt alternators on the web, and they don't seem >> to come with the pulley attached. Is this normal? >> >> Cheers, Ben > > > Much more likely to be one of the idler pulleys. These have a history > of going that way, alternators do not. > Cheers Fred, I appreciate that. I actually had the car in for other work and the mechanic showed me the play in the alternator pulley. So back to my original question, is there a way to replace just the bearing in the alt. pulley or the pulley assembly altogether? Or, do I have to get a rebuilt alternator? I've been pretty handy with fixing my own Saab so far, I can probably do this alone, once I figure out the way to the part that needs changing. Not to be nasty, but it seems this days that garages really prefer to change entire major parts rather that getting into replacing the usual small malfunctioning part out of the bigger assembly. (sorry for the rant).

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