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Old 20 May 2013, 03:10 am
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Default Did the mechanic damage the alternator belt?

Howdy! I have a 2005 Touring convertible that has just over 40K miles on the clock. Yes, really! I bought it used with 22K miles about a year and a half ago, and I'm pretty sure that it sat idle in a garage for a few years before that judging by the stickers on the license plate.

About a month ago, I had my right front wheel bearing and hub replaced. The mechanic who did it was new to me, but the shop has an excellent reputation and felt reputable to me.

A few weeks after that, I was flying down I-5 in central California, and heard a noise that sounded like debris in my right front wheel well. A mile or two later, I got an alternator light. I carefully drove to the next exit, and as expected the alternator belt was nowhere to be found. (AAA to the rescue! They covered the cost of my overnight lodging, then the next day found me a shop that was open on Saturday and towed me 30 miles.)

As the shop was replacing the belt I noticed that they had the right front wheel off, and I started to wonder. Is it possible that the first shop damaged the alternator belt while they were replacing the bearing?

I certainly wouldn't be able to prove it, since bits of the belt are somewhere on the side of the freeway now, but I'm curious about whether this is a likely scenario or not.
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Old 20 May 2013, 03:27 am
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Default Re: Did the mechanic damage the alternator belt?

The right front wheel comes off to gain access to the inner liner of the wheel well. Once that's taken off, you gain access to both the serpentine and alternator belt. The mechanic shouldn't have had to take that inner liner off for the work he did.

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Old 20 May 2013, 03:38 am
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Default Re: Did the mechanic damage the alternator belt?

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The right front wheel comes off to gain access to the inner liner of the wheel well. Once that's taken off, you gain access to both the serpentine and alternator belt. The mechanic shouldn't have had to take that inner liner off for the work he did.

i agree
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Thank you! I'll chalk this one up to coincidence.
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Default Re: Did the mechanic damage the alternator belt?

Dry rot of the belts from sitting is the culprit. I also agree with the above.
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Yup, dry-rot. Don't be surprised if the timing belt goes next.
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Old 20 May 2013, 08:41 am
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I am looking for a low mileage DD, and I always check the carfax. It tells you the miles when it was registered each year.

I saw a few that looked like they sat for a few years, no thanks.

Low miles is good, but sitting for a few years without being driven is no bueno either.

Def check your timing belt
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