The alternator may fail, causing a "no charge" condition. An internal bearing may also fail and cause an abnormal noise. If the vehicle is driven too long with a failed bearing, the alternator may stop turning, which can cause the serpentine belt to break or the engine to stall and not turn over.
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Timing gears may wear causing a mild to severe knocking noise from the front of the engine. Replacement of the timing gears is necessary.