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Old 07-05-2011, 02:40 PM
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Low charge/alternator issues

OK, about four days ago, the battery was low so I placed on the charger to charge which took all night. I then took the 1984 300DT to a local parts store to check the alternator, I was right, the read out showed low charging so it appears there is a problem with the alternator. Also, after the car heats up, a squeel or high pitched whine is coming from the alternator side of the engine. Does this sound like time for a new alternator?
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:34 PM
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Could be. But check the belt tension first.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:06 PM
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Could be. But check the belt tension first.
Belt appears to be about right. I'm thinking of going ahead and replacing it as I can't even remember when it was replaced last.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:25 PM
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I assume it's a 300D unless it is a stationwagon and that is a 300TD. Check your trunk lid.
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It is a 300D turbo charged sedan. my bad, sorry.
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Squeel is usually a slipping belt. I'd try tightening the belt before replacing the alternator.
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Squeel is usually a slipping belt. I'd try tightening the belt before replacing the alternator.
it doesn't squeel until the car is good and hot (about thirty minutes of driving).
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it doesn't squeel until the car is good and hot (about thirty minutes of driving).
Still could be a slipping belt.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:47 PM
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it doesn't squeel until the car is good and hot (about thirty minutes of driving).
Sounds like the belt.
Dont forget the fan clutch starts to grab when it warms up & puts much more load on the belt.
Try turning lights/heater fan/ rear demister on & see if it squeals more.
Even if the belt is tight, it still can be warn down so the belt is sitting on the bottom of the pulley groove.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:27 AM
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Have you got oil on the belt?

Is the belt too tight?
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Once the belt has been taken care of, the voltage regulator simply unscrews from the back of the alternator. Compare the brush length on the new one to yours once removed. Alternators are not known to fail but the regulator is a wear item and will eventually need replacement.
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thanks for all the answers; I am going to check the belt tension. question: how do I measure for correct tension on the drive belts?

PS I'm using contitech belts.
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The belt should not flex more than a 1/2 inch between the 2 pulleys. Once a belt is squealing, it usually glazes the gripping surface requiring replacement.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:55 PM
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thanks for all the answers; I am going to check the belt tension. question: how do I measure for correct tension on the drive belts?

PS I'm using contitech belts.
I've been told here that the best way is to go and buy a belt tensioner - but I'm still using my rule of thumb => shouldn't twist more than 90 degrees on the longest length. (Use firm pressure between two fingers - not a big long pair of pliers!)
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