Date registered: Apr 2007
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Check your Alternator
I had heard a funny noise at idle, upon inspection it was difficult for me to distinguish where that noise was coming from but the alternator was high on the suspect list. Later that day I was driving, went to make a turn and noticed that the power steering was out, shortly thereafter, the battery charge indicator and coolant temperature level indicator were both beaming and the temp started to climb rapidly. I shut her down right away and popped the hood to find that the pulley of the alternator had come completely off of its press fit shaft, the serpentine belt had wrapped itself into a birds nest, a couple of blades came off the fan and cut the radiator up in a couple of spots...major sigh...
I found a replacement alternator from r & z alternator with the pulley. pulled the radiator and brought that to a radiator guy who is suggesting that he can fix it but doesn't think the repair will last and recommends buying a new one from the dealer because he can't seem to find the correct radiator for this car through his channels. Dealer wants $549.00, awesome. A new fan, also a dealer only part was $86.00...
Anybody else had an experience similar? Any advice offered would be greatly appreciated!!!
1999 E300 TurboDiesel