On Wednesday morning, Pulling out of my drive way, I heard a pop and lost power steering, and all the lights dimmed in my vehicle. Opened the hood, and the alternator is sitting on the bottom of the engine cavity and the belt is off. The mount that held the alternator in place was broken.
So Friday I went to the dealership and asked about it. The alternator mounts to the front engine/timing chain cover. It's an 800 dollar part, and depending on the exact model, a new one may need to have some gears dealing with the timing updated (Something about an emissions package).
I've been calling around locally trying to find a place with a used cover I can purchase, but so far no one has one. I think since it's a 2005, there probably aren't many junked motors out there, and a parts yard isn't likely going to want to part out a working engine so I can buy the cover.
I think this repair is going to hurt my pocket a bit. I thought about getting this one welded back together (some local welders are confident they can do it) but I'd be concerned about it breaking again. This time it broke I was still in my driveway, but if it breaks again, I may be driving down the road or making a corner. Losing power steering at a bad time can cause me to crash...