I have a 95 escort that started sqeaking (maybe more of a squealing).
Anyway, it seems to be coming from the alternator but I'm not sure if
it's the belt or the alternator itself. I've read a few posts online
and it seems like it could be either.
Is there a way to tell or test where the problem lies? I'd rather not
pay to get a new alternator if it's only the belt that needs replacing
I'd say just buy a new belt and see if the problem goes away. The belt
is chape, and a piece of cak to replace. (at least, on my '91 that
had no A/C or power steering or anything replacing the belt took less
than 5 minutes) About 4 years ago a rebuilt alternator for that '91
cost $100 (FYI).
For society, it's probably a good thing that engineers value function
over appearance. For example, you wouldn't want engineers to build
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