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Old 08-03-2013, 05:17 PM
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zeke zeke is offline
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Location: The Alamo City, TEXAS
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Looks like every thing is ok now. My alternator bracket broke (it's complicated, but the bolt in the upper part of the mount froze, so I couldn't tighten it down). That led to a wiggle in the alternatorthat actually destroyed the mounting tab on the alternator and must have also impacted the water pump spin.

I replaced the bracket with one from a junkyard, and installed a new alternator and everything is nice and tight.

Left the car at idle for 20-30 min in full sun (it's 100*F here today), and it just barely ticked above 100* on the temp gage. Before it had been getting up to 120* at idle.

Current Mercedes
1979 maple yellow 240D 4-speed

Gone and fondly remembered:
1980 orient red 240D 4-speed

Gone and NOT fondly remembered:
1982 Chna Blue 300TD

Other car in the stable:
2013 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI / 6-speed MT
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