This NG has been helpful before (MUCH appreciated) so I thought I'd give
1990 Dakota, rear wheel drive, 2.5L 4cyl, five speed, w/AC died and
would not crank. Replaced battery and it fired up. But it died again
when battery cable was removed. Put in new alternator. Fired up but,
after just a few seconds, made a rattling noise. Shut it down and found
alternator belt shredded. Replaced belt and bumped ignition, then
checked belt position. It still wants to throw off the front of the
center pulley where the smooth side of the belt is routed. Can't seem to
solve by adjusting tension. Any ideas?
Of note: New alternator seems deeper (front to back) than old one. But
parts stores were already closed yesterday when I got to the current
point. Could it be the wrong part with the pulley too far forward?
Thanks in advance, folks.