Check for Alternator Noises Bad alternator bearings, rectifiers, rotor shaft, stator winding, slip rings, brushes and other parts inside the alternator with mechanical or electrical problems can become noisy. Unless you like replacing the alternator every 6 months or so. Alternator problems are not uncommon after a few years of operation. The symptoms will show different problems with the alternator bearings and other issues in the vehicle. Charlie Sometimes, but not always. Never mind, no one said that. Also, make sure the alternator belt is not loose or worn.
Once you determine that your alternator is bad, you have several options. Joe, it was a generic belt and I am not sure what kind. I do hear a loose pulley or something near the alternator, but don't know exactly where yet. What is the correct position, is there a charging problem or not? For trusted excellence in automotive and transmission repairs in Olympia, you can rely on Lloyd's Automotive and Transmission. Hopefully this next one will last at least another few years before needing to be replaced.
As none of the pulley types are interchangeable, it is very important only to use the pulley type that the vehicle was originally equipped with. Also on water pump housing. Installed a voltemeter to read battery output and is always 12. A new alternator solves the problem right now. Once the symptoms are identified and the problem is known as an alternator problem, fixing it is possible.
Should I replace the alternator just to get the new pulley? Usually when alternators failed prematurely is because of a bad battery electrical , voltage regulator issues, high electric loads e. I turned on my hazard lights and they started to flicker and dim completely. At least in that instance. You will find your battery is not charging. Ive already double checked my work. A year later, I noticed the lights started to dim, then to fade back up.
It is very dangerous to do this if the object you are using comes into contact with either the drive belt or the fan of the alternator, so be warned, if you are not sufficiently experienced to do this, don't. One the large one is a standard ball bearing arrangement. I am going to assume that you have a parts changer, rather than a mechanic that can do real diagnostics. Take the belt off and spin the alternator manually, as you may be able to gauge the sound source better. This morning I started it up and waited about 5 minutes and left — no problems. With bearings, you may run into Asian parts, if you do not go by name brand. If your battery goes dead, have the alternator checked when replacing the battery so it doesn't happen again.
You might want to check the coil or have it checked. Check the connections in that part of the circuit for a loose wire, corrosion at the connectors or wiring damage that may prevent proper current flow between the battery and alternator. This time the alternator is overcharging. If there's too much resistance in the circuit, it'll wear out your alternator. Take the wheel off, etc. When you find the culprit dismantle and press your bearing out and take to your nearest bearing store and specifically ask for timken or skf bearing replacement, lube all parts and refit. Ill have my friend check the tension too before.
I just put a new alternator in and the battery is still not being charged; the battery light remains on. A visual check underneath the hood of the car can reveal loose wire or a faulty connection. Re torqued the belt that goes around it and now, it seems way better sounding. . A typical alternator may last anywhere from 8 to 12 years.
Here are six symptoms to watch for. I think I finally found out whats wrong with my car. Doesn't seem to change the engine running or idle when I unplug the alternator. Use a belt wear indicator or check your maintenance schedule for the replacement interval suggested by your car manufacturer. It can cause more damage. Read on to learn how to go about replacing an alternator and what it may cost in the next section. You should get around 0.
Also, make sure that the back wires are properly connected and clean. Buy some belt dressing lube,,, and see if the noise stays gone. You can buy a basic voltmeter at an electronics store. Sometimes you can notice this when the headlights, instrument panel lights, and other interior lights dim during engine operation. This light usually is represented with a symbol of a battery.