Spent unexpected urgent money, a rare event in my 19-year relationship with our 9-metre Isuzu. Out of the blue, in Masterton, the house alternator drive pulley shattered. How or why? Never know. It was an old-style flange-and-spacer jobbie fitted about 15 years ago with the Bosch industrial grade 12v unit that, then, became our house battery source. I noticed the 12v alt red light was on. Carried on driving the couple of Ks to Solway Park. Opened the rear doors. Alternator with half a pulley, belt flown down to join the four others at the bottom pulley, where is went through between the main fan belt and its pulley, on the way putting an evil twist in that belt (running inside-out on bottom pulley), and escaped into engine tray below. Both belts damaged. Also, became apparent, the alternator itself got such a thump the tension-adjuster bolt was bent. In the engine tray was the escaped half-face of the alternator pulley, ripped, bent and still hot as hell!
Thanks to Masterton suppliers AES (pulley) and Lin’s Auto Centre (belts), and particularly to Emerald Truck Services for finding time among their usual loggers and juggernauts to run around overcoming issues of non-standard owner mods and put it all together. Yes, I could have done it myself, but I paid money to avoid frustration
, possible injury
and an extra day
where I didn’t want to be.
8.6m Isuzu LR, 7.1 litre. 650a/h, 420W solar. Rear-mounted Yamaha outboard (manages 3 knots
Lol!). Rubber duckie. Blue Ox towing rig. Suzi 4wd.