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Old 28 Sep 2010, 10:04 pm
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Default removing alternator from the top

A short time back I read about someone who removed their alternator from a non turbo model from the top of the engine. I believe they said that they trimed the lip or ear off of the exhaust manifold cover to gain access. Does this sound familiar to any of you guys? It had to be here because this is the only PT forum that I like. I would appreciate any help you guys can give.

The alternator is making a loud squeeling noise when you first start it up...then it stops. I believe the bearings may be going out. Have any of you guys rebuilt one of these PT alternators?
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Old 28 Sep 2010, 10:23 pm
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Default Re: removing alternator from the top

not sure on your queston,
but i got an alt out of 2001 thats in good shape 40 shiped,
only 40k on it
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Old 29 Sep 2010, 07:48 am
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Default Re: removing alternator from the top

I remember reading the same thing. I believe it was actually removing the mainfold cover and grinding an edge off of the manifold that was used for another model.
Never tried it myself though.
An alternator bearing will make a chirping noise when it is wearing whereas a worn or loose belt will make a squeeling noise.
Needless to say the belt is easier. Even if you replaced the belt I'd recheck the tension.
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Old 29 Sep 2010, 04:23 pm
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Default Re: removing alternator from the top

How many miles are on your belt? Tighten the belt and your squeal will be gone. If you have a number of miles on it or the belt is simply "old" then you need to replace it. If you tighten the "old" belt the squeal will go away but you will have shortened its remaining lifespan by putting more stress on an "old" belt that was squealing because it was stretched.

Quick tip, after you put on the new belt and have driven it a couple hundred miles, go back in and snug it up .

Jerry
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Old 29 Sep 2010, 04:28 pm
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Default Re: removing alternator from the top

I forgot to say that if it was an alternator bearing, the noise would not stop. It would continue all the time the engine was running. It's the belt.

Jerry
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