Does an alternator click when going bad? on 1998 Buick Riviera

Does an alternator click when going bad? I hear this clicking that seems to get louder the faster I go. I have parked the Riviera till I find an answer w/o taking it to mechancic.

by in Marietta, GA on June 15, 2009
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ANSWER by on June 15, 2009
This can be caused by many things, but probably not the alternator. You should have someone look at it though since it is almost impossible to diagnose without hearing the noise first hand.
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ANSWER by on February 12, 2010
have some one check your flange gasket that is my guess first gasket known as donut ring its 7 bucks at part store and an hour 15 min to change out two bolts email me back if im right .
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ANSWER by on April 25, 2010
harmonic balancer...i have a riviera and thats the exact problems i had..i took it to a mechanic and they fixed it
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ANSWER by on June 11, 2010
Hi, If your alternator was "going out", chances are you would notice the headlights being dimmer, and it would/could be checked with a "load tester" for batteries. Probably not the alternator (unless bearings are going bad), usually don't click, but, squeal. As for the clicking, this might be the start...of a failing water pump, which would click faster...with engine running faster. The problem is the engine temp light probably won't register until it's ready to overheat & die! Good Luck - callhow
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