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    Help: chewing up belts....

    Hi folks,
    Got myself a new higher amp alternator to replace the old stock one on
    my 200tdi that was clearly struggling to keep up with the load, (especially
    with the AC running) and have been battling with it chewing up belts
    every other day. Currently, I'm averaging about 45km on every new
    alternator belt.
    Someone even suggested that the load of the new alternator may be too
    much for that alternator and so I should consider installing a second
    alternator to share the load. (dont know if that's the best way to go
    though, because there is hardly any space left to do this).
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    I've never heard of a belt that can't handle a high amp alternator. In fact, I'll go as far to say I'd be surprised if that's even possible. The diameter of belt in your truck is the same size as the one that drives the dual blades on my little lawn tractor.

    Suspicions would include: (a) Pulley Alignment; (b) Rough/wrong pulley; (c) Wrong tension (over tighting); (d) Interference (hitting something).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Achers View Post
    I've never heard of a belt that can't handle a high amp alternator. In fact, I'll go as far to say I'd be surprised if that's even possible. The diameter of belt in your truck is the same size as the one that drives the dual blades on my little lawn tractor.

    Suspicions would include: (a) Pulley Alignment; (b) Rough/wrong pulley; (c) Wrong tension (over tighting); (d) Interference (hitting something).
    All this. Good advice. Heat from friction will quickly ruin a v-belt.
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