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Old 08-25-2007, 11:47 AM   #1
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Maybe it's me but i can't see how it's possible to go thru 2 in 15,000 mi.But i'm about to replace mine for the second time.MH in sig. Rear rad if this is the cause.If so does anyone no the solution?
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Maybe it's me but i can't see how it's possible to go thru 2 in 15,000 mi.But i'm about to replace mine for the second time.MH in sig. Rear rad if this is the cause.If so does anyone no the solution?
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Old 08-25-2007, 01:12 PM   #3
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The first one I can understand. I went through one on my 2004 Bus (side radiator, but same alternator) and it turned out that Freightliner had a bunch of bad Leece-Nevilles in that model year. Maybe your replacement was of the same batch?
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Cruzer, How do i find out if it was a Leece-Nevilles?
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Call Freightliner or look for a tag on the alternator, which might be hard to do on a rear radiator setup. I'm pretty sure that's the only thing they used on the XC chassis in 2004 and following years.

Leece-Neville makes lots of heavy duty alternators for trucks, busses, and diesel RVs. There's nothing wrong with the brand. It's just that the particular alternatror that FL went to in the 2004 model year had a batch that burned up prematurely. I believe that any replacements are of a different spec number and you shouldn't have any problems.
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You could also have a pulley or the alternator mount bracket out of alignment, putting sideways stress on the shaft and bearings. That will cause premature wear.
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I dont feel as bad now.....just had my original Leece-Neville 160 amp alternator rebuilt. Two in 15,000 miles would give me a headache also. I Hope you find a quick solution.
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