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Old 12-19-2008, 11:30 AM
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can someone help me with heater and headlight questions?

My son owns a 1991 190E, gas. We just had a ton of work done on the pulleys, belts etc. But now it is COLD and we turn the heater on, but it is really noisy (grinding irritating sound) and doesnt blow much warm air. Also the headlights seem dim and useless. What can we do without taking back to expensive shop?????? I am single mom trying to help, and no, I am not a mechanic as you can tell......

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Old 12-19-2008, 11:37 AM
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Sounds like an alternator problem. Perhaps the belt is too tight causing drag.

On my car the alternator is located on the lower passenger side.

Why did you take it to the shop in the first place? If I were you I would call them back and ask what they did and tell them that you still have a problem. Asking them to fix the problem for free/cheap would not be out of line since they didn't fix it in the first place!

I know your car is not a diesel, but there are many knowledgable people over in the diesel discussion. Perhaps you want to pose this question over there.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:44 AM
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We took it in because when the car was idling, it was really noisy, they told us that the shocks on the alternator, etc. were broken and not keeping the belts tight. So he replaced belts and shocks......but, I will call them right now and tell them it is still not working, and see what they can do.... thanks so much!!!

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