147 JTDm 16v Rattle at Idle - Alternator Pulley?
I dropped my 147 JTD off at my local indie for its MOT yesterday and I asked him to look into a rattle thats recently developed at idle. As soon as revs go over ~1200 its fine but at idle there's a noticeable rattle/rumble noise.
This is not affected by whether clutch is engaged/disengaged, nor is it affected by being in gear. My indie said he thinks its a pulley on the alternator which has a bit of play in it and is clattering around. I was quoted ~£200 to fix this (3 hours labour @ £45, £45 for the pulley and then VAT). The 3 hours labour is because the back part of the exhaust and the alternator have to come off to replace it.
I have a few questions.
1) Do you think this is the cause of my rattle? Is anyone able to shed some more light?
2) Am I safe to continue driving like this?
3) Do you really need to take the alternator off to fix this?
I'm really not wanting to spend £200 to get a rattle fixed considering how much this car has cost me over the last 18 months
Any help is appreciated.