I don't think the idler or the alt will leave you on the side of the road.. Both usually start making noise before they completely die, so I'll wait on them. My Ford explorer has the original alt/idler at 190k miles.Good preventative maintenance item to do early... But I would wait if it really does look good.
Records indicate my belt has never been replaced and it still looks good, strange huh? -149K mi. I am planning on replacing the Belt, Tensioner, Idler and rebuilding my original OEM Alternator... all in one whack.
Crap! 2 years ago this month?...on the highway 2 years ago this month. Stranded on an off-ramp in the rain was not a fun way to spend a Saturday.
I'm curious, did just the light come on or did it lock up?The alternator on my Sport Trac wasn't making a sound when it failed on the highway 2 years ago this month. Stranded on an off-ramp in the rain was not a fun way to spend a Saturday.
Hopefully your doing good now.Crap! 2 years ago this month?
I owe you. Drove right past you. Sorry man, I was in a serious family emergency type of rush at the moment. Cops were chasing me too, but you saw those cops go by you also right? -yep, that was me, very sorry. After jail and a little in-home probation, I broke-up with her and am now living with her younger sister Emily... and her Mom. Sounds fun, but a longer-term prison sentence might have been better. Uhg. #SendMardeNothing
I actually got no indication of a problem until the radio shut off by itself....then the gauges started going crazy....ALL of them were doing this jittering, clicking thing....the truck acted like it was possessed. I don't remember seeing a battery light because everything else was distracting me.I'm curious, did just the light come on or did it lock up?
You can go a long way on just the battery.
I kinda miss the days of multiple V belts running seperate stuff. If your Alt or AC locked up, just cut the belt and keep going.
But they needed changing more frequently, and they were EASY to change.