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oh geez i think i just really messed up

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Probationary Member
Mar 11, 2003
ok i was changing my alternator out of my 97 turbo eclipse...

pain inthe ass.. you need small tiny hands etc etc and the salt from this winter really got the bolts tight .. so i finally get al the bolts out a but the alternator won't budge out... so i use some leverage... a screwdriver, but looks like an ice pick... that slips and i stab myself in my finger:angry:

ok i thoght that was really stupid of me..... i chalk it up to jsut frustartaion and workng onthe alternator for 2+ hours...

so i use a regualr flat head for leverage and i see the alternator moving......just a little bit more........ the alternator pops out the screwdriver slips with all the force on it.. and i puncture the black plastic wall behind the alternator.. dam!!!!.. tell me i did not upncture 'the engine area where oil is".. i don't know much but i thinki did something bad.. nothing is leaking out.. so tell the what is directly behind the alternator??? there is small hole.. can i just patch it with some epoxy??

i'm really tired and frustrated and my clymer manual really isnt' that clear ...

oh geez..

thanks for any info ahead of time....

It sounds like your talking about the Timing Belt cover......So no internal Engine puncture. Unfortunatlly, you might have hit the timing belt with the screw driver and either cut it a little or knicked it. I would take the cover off and check it out......or have someone do it. if all is fine, you should be all set and just be a little more careful next time
my guess scense you said its plastic would be the timing belt cover, so if its that then there shouldnt be any damage, unless you damaged something in the timing belt assembly but i think ur good 2 go
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