I posted here a few months ago with a problem concerning the wiring between the alternator and the Crank Position sensor getting gobbled up by the accessory belt- I hadn't known that when I posted, I got it to a Firestone and they did... Well, a terrible job, I can't recommend that place, but they found the problem and mended it back together.
Anyway, fast forward a few months and some road trips later, intermittent wiring problems were making my car buck for a few days before it caused my timing belt to jump a tooth or two and stranded me. A shop near by tells me I need a new engine, I've got low compression in cylinder 3, and the timing belt stretched. I say no way, get it to a friends house, replace Water Pump, Pullys, and timing belt. Had hell with a stripped screw on the water pump (wtf?) Rewired the Crank Position Sensor and ran it around the side of the engine bay instead of precariously close to the belts and pullys.
Car was back together, it runs wonderfully, however I can't get a bolt into the bottom of the alternator mounting bracket. I'm about to tear it down tomorrow and redo it, but I thought I'd ask first... With every other bolt to the water pump in place, is it possible, would you guys think, that the pump and gasket may not be flush with this last bolt hole even though every other bolt is? I'm an amateur..
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