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    Hi,

    Have just had the other half bring the car home and it's got a few problems.

    Apperently when it started their was a noise like a 'clunk' in the engine bay. Nothing lit up so she started to drive home. A couple of mins later the Alternator warning light comes on and it starts to overheat. Luckily it was only a mile away so got the car home but waht to do next. Have any of you heard of this or what could be the problem.

    It's a 2.2dti 04 plate.

    Thanks in advance.

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    See if you can have a close look down where the pulley belts are at the bottom of the engine. I've seen a few posts on here about the bottom pulley delaminating which casues similar symptons.

    If you do a forum search on pulley and delaminating it may give you some more info.

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    as above, it will be the bottom pulley fallen apart. Get a new pulley from the dealers, (they aint cheap ) and then get a friendly garage to fit it. The pulley bolt is stupidly ******* tight and needs a mega airgun to shift it

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    Thirded. Bottom pulley and definately noy a DIY job unfortunately.

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    , and all the others. Will definitely be the pulley.

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    You can get the pulley off. It aint that difficult.

    An easy way to do it is to fit a GOOD fitting ring spanner, or socket. Then wedge the handle against a part of the lower body work (protected by some wood and some cloths), then place the car in top gear and push the car to make the engine turn, then bolt will loosen. Unless you can lock the engine, there is too much lash in the gears to effectively undo it in the normal way, as you can't get enough travel to take up the clearances and then to undo the bolt.


    Well, that's how I undid it on my 1.8.

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    First part as above but take out of gear, then take out plugs and turn the starter motor the started does all the work!!! I have used this method on several types of car and unless the bolt is set a a very high torque it always works.

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    Christ, sounds too 'yee haa' for me. The gung ho approach would cause large impact loadings when the starter engages and they would be immense, flywheel ring gear tooth snappingly so.

    Extra work aswell removing the spark plugs. The push the car routine would be more progressive and wouldn't cause any part of the drive train to experiences larger forces than the engine would produce anyway, and by selecting top gear, you have the torque multiplication of the drive line.

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    The method I suggested has the advantage of a greater initial shock to overcome the resistance of the bolt, yes, if you were very, very unlucky there might be a problem as above but I have never encountered one. Extra work removing plugs?

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