Alternator Problem

My Girlfriend has been told by our local garage that the strange whining noise (like the kind of noise you get when in reverse) is caused by the alternator which is about to go and needs replacing.
Does this sound right?
Can anyone give me a run down of the symptoms of a dying Alternator.
Thanks in adavance,
Mr Winkey
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MrWinkey formuleerde op donderdag :

I think they mean only to change the belt, not the whole alternator....
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I think they mean only to change the belt, not the whole alternator....
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MrWinkey formuleerde op donderdag :

I think they mean only to change the belt, not the whole alternator....
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On 5-Jan-2005, snipped-for-privacy@o2.co.uk (MrWinkey) wrote:

It's not uncommon for the front bearing to go since it tends to get water in it over a period of 3 to 7 years, depending on how much the car is used. Find a good local auto electrics specialist. Mine charges 18 quid including bearing if you take the front plate with bearing in. Probably twice that if he has to pull the alternator.
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