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I have, for the 3rd time, had the cast aluminum bracket break to which my power steering pump and alternator mount on my '02 F250 7.3L. Last time the bracket alone cost me $221 as a carry-out item. (First two times were under original warranty)
What sources are there besides paying the dealer $221?
I asked LKQ and was told they don't separate the bracket from the motor, and I'm not going to pay $3800 for a used motor just to get the bracket.
No, I don't know what is causing it. First break came at about 73K miles, second bracket break came at 81K, and this one came at 164K. They have all broken in the same place, too. They break across the opening in the bracket through which the pulley shaft from the PS pump protrudes.
And, yes, I have changed the PS pump, at 81Kmiles ('cuz that's what the Ford dealer said was causing the aluminum to fatigue and crack), and again at 145K miles, when the pump began leaking past the seals.
I pulled the broken bracket off, and found the stub of a broken bolt or stud behind the bracket, protruding about 1/8" to 3/16" from the head. It appears to partially line up with a recess in the back of the bracket. The local LKQ auto parts guy says my truck probably was OE with the dual alternator setup, which uses a different bracket. Unfortunately, he didn't have a replacement in stock, nor one in Florida. So now I go cry to the dealer who replaced the bracket last time, and demand to know why their tech didn't remove the broken stud or bolt the last time they replaced this bracket, 2 1/2 years ago. Wish me luck.
Actually as far as I know, the bracket on the drivers side, which includes the powersteering pump, and alternator, is the same, whether or not it has dual alts or not. The optional bracket is on the passenger side. I have been askeed before at the ford garage which side the alternator was on, so they can put a secondary alternator on the drivers side somewere, but I think standard dual alts, is drivers side, ontop, and passenger side, on the bottom.
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