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Old 03-15-2002, 09:33 PM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
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Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
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The symptoms should be belt squealing, and possibly a lower than usual engine idle speed. As the condition develops, it usually becomes fatal (for the alternator) very quickly, as the added load in the bearings quickly causes them to get hot, which adds load, making them hotter, and so on. If it gets hot enough, the bearing material melts, and that leads to a seized shaft pretty quickly. The old alternator should have been difficult to turn by hand after the belt was removed or after it came out. Hope this helps, Jim
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