I decided to take the Jeep for some fun during/after some heavy rain we had here in Connecticut around Thanksgiving. Some quick splashes into deep puddles (not quite up to the bottom of the tub) and some sliding in a pretty serious mud pit left a big grin on my face even though I stayed well away from the deep mud.
Unfortunately, it appears to have been too much for my original, 180k mile alternator. When it's cold I get a loud screeching sound from the front corner of the engine bay. It's rpm dependant and goes away as the motor warms up. The volts are fine.
First question: Does it sound like I'm on the right path or is there something else I should check? Is there any way to re-lubricate the bearings so I can eek by until spring time and warmer weather to change it out?
Second, the belt system on this thing is old and practically FUBARed. PO lived in Springfield, Ma and they love salting roads up there. Pretty much every non-stainless, non-painted ferrous piece of metal under the hood is rusted to high heaven including the parts that adjust tension in the belt. Anybody dealt with that? Any solutions?
Thanks for any help, I won't be diving into puddles with reckless abandon anymore. lol