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#1 2017-03-24 00:22:39

tooalmazing
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Registered: 2016-08-04
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Geez, I really have bad luck..

I checked my hood today and found that my alternator belt is breaking. The frustrating thing is that I literally just replaced it a little less than 100 miles ago -- this can't be possible! My mechanic used the Dayco brand. I initially didn't mind too much about it because they were just the drive belts. But I guess I'm wrong.. I'm really hoping that the reason is because of the belt brand, but even so, I find it hard to believe that it broke in less than 100 miles!? I called my mechanic immediately and he's going to change everything and do the labor for free. Hopefully I find out what went wrong..

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#2 2017-03-24 00:36:17

lizzardo
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Re: Geez, I really have bad luck..

I always trusted Dayco belts back when I had a shop.  That was a long time ago and perhaps things have changed, but I'm more inclined to suspect something damaged the belt.


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#3 2017-03-24 00:39:27

tooalmazing
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Re: Geez, I really have bad luck..

I'm really hoping that it's not. I don't think I know enough to even contrive up other possibilities that could have caused the problem.. Do you have any thoughts? I want to post photos of it, but I don't know how to do it on this forum.

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#4 2017-03-24 10:28:11

bassboy3313
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Re: Geez, I really have bad luck..

Could it be the alternator mounts/bushings (if it even has bushings) are worn out, causing the alternator pulley to run cockeyed, which then causes the belt to wear faster? Just spitballing here


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#5 2017-03-24 19:15:16

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Re: Geez, I really have bad luck..

Dayco makes great belts. I think you have another problem.


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#6 2017-03-25 13:06:37

tooalmazing
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Re: Geez, I really have bad luck..

mbandi wrote:

Dayco makes great belts. I think you have another problem.

Yeah as it turns out the belt was really close to the bolt, which caused it to strip. On top of that, I think my mechanic accidentally got the wrong size and installed that. He ended up changing it with Napa belts. For the power steering belt, it was green.

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