HOW CAN I GET MY ALTERNATOR TO QUIT WHINING?

  • Tiny
  • vettedream72
  • 2007 GMC Envoy
  • 89,000 miles

I have replaced my alternator 3 times trying to get rid of the annoying whining sound. I have used original GMC alternator, after-market alternator and an "top of the line" alternator. They all whine. Does the manufacturers just not make good bindings for these alternators?

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 AT 11:38 AM

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  • mhpautos
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Check that the belt tension is correct, if it is a serpentine belt, the auto tensioner may be faulty and not tensioning the belt correctly.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 AT 11:45 AM
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  • vettedream72
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Brand new belt and tensioner. The tensioner is fine. Any other ideas?

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 AT 11:47 AM
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  • mhpautos
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Check all pulleys and belt alignment, does the alt noise increase with load, i.E, heater blower on and headlights on high?

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 AT 11:50 AM
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  • Wrenchtech
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Are we talking about an electrical whine that can be heard through the radio or a mechanical rumbling heard in the engine compartment?

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 AT 2:49 PM
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  • maynardman
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Check for broken or missing ground straps

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Sunday, May 6th, 2012 AT 3:44 PM

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