Right now I hate the word alternator. The first thing to go on every used car I've owned has been the alternator. They've all gotten progressively harder to change. I now drive a 91 Escort GT, and to change the alternator out, I had to remove my exhaust pipe to get the old one out and the new one in. This is made even more tricky because I have to have a special "flex pipe" right going from the manifold to the cat.... grrr. Anyway, I noticed my charge light come on and then the belt broke, so I put in a new alternator and belt. it started squealing and then the belt burned up. I put on a new belt and it started smoking and burning really hot, so I figured it was too lose. I tighten it as far as I can, and it seems to be the perfect tension, and there is no smoke, no noise and no extreme heat from the belt. All is good for 4 days, and then I notice my headlights failing. I pull over... swear at the alternator, as I know it is going to be the problem, and then pop the hood. I can clearly see the belt and it is loose. I look closer and it appears to be twisted. Now, this had to have JUST happened, because in my paranoia over losing another belt, I've been checking the tension, temperature and condition of the belt after every trip I made since changing it. I look at the bracket and the alternator is pused as far back as it can. I figured it came loose somehow, but since this is as far as I can tighten it, it hasn't slipped and I cant tighten it anymore. So, i figure the belt is stretched or warped or something, and that's why it looks twisted. I can move the alternator pulley freely, and I can move the water pulley freely. The only other pulley is the crankshaft pulley and that cant be a problem because it's the one that does the powered spinning and it also spins another belt powering the AC and the power steering, and that belt hasnt had any problems. I am really at a loss as to what to do, and I am SO sick of dealing with this. My only hope is that someone out there knows what the heck Im doing wrong and how I can end this headache. One other thing to note... I tried to crank the engine over to drive it a few feet on battery power to park it. There wasnt enough juice, so I turned it off. Now, every time I push in the clutch, the engine starts to turn over. I can have the ignition turned to start, on, acc, or off... I can even remove the key completely from the off postition and push in the clutch and it slowly tries to turn over. This is some weird crap... what is going on? I think my car is posessed, and Friday the 13th has made it's mark on me and my scort.