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A3 Alternator/Drive belt - Please Help!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by MattRA3, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. MattRA3

    MattRA3 New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I have a 2004 A3 1.9TDi WITHOUT aircon. Yesterday a dry sounding squeeling nosie started around the alternator/drivebelt. It squeels when I start the car but disappears when I rev the car. As soon as I take my foot off the accelerator, the noise returns. The battery light has also started to flicker when I pull off. Do you think
    1) The alternator bearing is failing - If so does this require a new alternator?
    2) The belt is worn
    3) The belt tensioner is worn and no longer applying the correct tension on the belt?
    4) Something else.......?

    Any help or advice would be much appreciated as I need to get this sorted before work on Monday.

    Thanks in advance.....

    Matt
     
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  3. RU55SSO

    RU55SSO Member

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    I think my alternator is squealing also. Such an awful sound. How much is a new alternator?
     
  4. MattRA3

    MattRA3 New Member

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    I think it is the alternator pulley on mine. I think this can be changed but requires a special tool? A new alternator will cost around £250 - £300!
     
  5. RU55SSO

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    No way in hell I would buy a new alternator new for that price :( second hand one It is
     

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