Thread: altenator
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Old 03-16-2002, 10:24 AM
stevebfl stevebfl is offline
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Location: Gainesville FL
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The obvious reason that you have not seen a locked up alternator is that you are not in the trade.

Bearing failure is a common form of alternator failure and it is fixed simply by replacing the bearing, if a skilled technician listens to the motor in the last few thousand miles before it locks up. Picking up the noise in bearings of any of the accesories of a modern motor (including belt tentioners and belt idlers) is one of the reasons for paying an experienced tech to service your car.

Cars I service don't lock up alternators, cars I repair do.
Steve Brotherton
Continental Imports
Gainesville FL
Bosch Master, ASE Master, L1
33 years MB technician
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