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About 2 weeks ago my alternator broke off the bracket of my car and left me with out a car for a week.I took my car to the closet mechanic to my house on a Saturday and the mechanic went on about how my Mike Singer alternator was too heavy and not aligned right.Note that I Had the alternator installed for 2 months with the only problem being that the ac wouldn't blow cooled air out.
Now the mechanic said that if he were to put the new one in that it would brake off again and the he was only going to put the old one in.I needed a working car so I went a head and paid the $354 to fix it. I talked to Mike Singer and he said that everything was fine with the alternator and that he didn't know what the mechanic was talking about.should I just find another mechanic to install it? If anyone has any suggestions or related experience with this problem I would appreciate it.
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Your mechanic is probably full of it but then the whole thing about your ac not working after installing the Singer alt worries me. He wants to put in the original for warranty purposes since he knows the original setup will work 100%.
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$354 tho?
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Might help if you list what kind of vehicle so others with the same thing can chime in.

Who installed the alternator originally? I assume it wasn't you. Sounds like a poor installation job, and although I haven't heard of it happening, I'm sure if they misaligned some bolts or torqued down the bolts with an impact wrench it could have weakened the bracket. The alt wasn't too heavy, that's ridiculous. it could have been misaligned though, hence the bracket breaking.

As for the a/c not blowing cold, that can happen if you get belt slip. How was your voltage while you had the alternator installed? If you don't have a self-adjusting tensioner on the belt it's normal for a new belt to stretch a little bit after a couple hundred miles and you need to adjust it. Singer alts. also typically have a smaller pulley and you need to use a slightly shorter-than-stock belt. Or it could just be that the shop that installed it accidentally did something to the a/c system to release the refrigerant.

I think the shop that fixed it wasn't' being completely honest with you, but I don't blame them for not wanting to reinstall something that (in their view) might break again. They don't want to have to warranty aftermarket stuff. I also have the feeling like the original shop (or whoever) that installed it might have not done the best job, but that's just speculation.
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yea, I had a friend install the alternator at first and it worked great for the 2 months at 15.4 volts running a Crescendo BC 2200 at 2 ohms on 2 XS power D1200s I don't know if I hit a deep pot hole that would cause it to come loose but Before it broke it was making a squeaking noise for a couple weeks.I thought that I would have someone look at it after I had the rest of my audio installed at the shop. I drive a Hyundai Accent 2006 1.6 l
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How much does it usually cost to have an alternator installed? The $350 was also for the belts and the oil filter he had to replace from the alternator falling on it and causing it to leak. I also think that he didn't want to put it in because he kept telling me weight was the problem and not even comparing the alternators but just by making assumptions by looking at the engine when I got there.
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No such thing as an alt too heavy lol.
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Curious as to how much of a weight difference the alts have.
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Even if it weighed 5 more lbs the difference is negligible so long as it is properly secured. Now if the place where the bracket bolts onto the engine doesn't utilize the best possible leverage points, then I can see there being an issue because the extra weight creates more torque on the bracket when the vehicle is going over bumps/potholes/etc.

If You post pictures of everything I'm sure you'll get better responses.
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IMO the only thing that can cause it to break off (since the bracket should be over engineered for the stock alts weight any ways) is the extra torque/drag created by the higher resistance from making more electrical power

weight difference shouldn't be more then 5-8 pounds different unless the case size changed in which id guess 12 pounds at most
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