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Old 07-08-2012, 05:36 PM   #1
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alternator cooling duct fell off - safe to drive?

Okay, that may sound like a dumb question.

My car was involved in an accident. I had to replace a lot of plastics on the front left side, including brake ducts.

There are 2 pieces of funky bent hose that divert air into the alternator. They were slightly mishaped after the accident, but I thought I fixed them. I put them back in place.

and today they fell off while driving. I found out that the power steering pump had been grinding away at one of them.

I ordered new ones, but it will be a while until they arrive. It is 26 - 33 for the next few days, and I do a lot of highway driving to and from school.

Should I risk it without adequate cooling to my alternator?
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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You'll be fine. Don't drive 1000 miles in the desert at 80 mph.
But other than that you'll be fine for the time being
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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^ He's right.

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Get out and walk. Meet people.
It will change your life!
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It's ok, the world needs boring people
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:11 PM   #4
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It's there for a reason. You can probably get by for a couple days while you order it. I wouldn't push your luck though.
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