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A likely cause is a rodent nesting in the ventilation system. They may be chewing up carpet or sound deadening material. It may also be the foam that seals the ductwork sections breaking down. The material may be breaking down due to age or heat if you live in a warm climate. When the fan is turned on the air movement is blowing the pieces out the vents.
I can't say how they did the test but the test shows a problem. At idle you should see somewhere around 14 volts. There are issues that can cause a good alternator to have a low output such as a slipping belt, questionable grounds, wiring or a bad ECM (engine control module). If you have a dash mounted voltmeter see if you notice any changes in the gauge ...
Perhaps you can find a non VVTi 1MZ from a camry or from an engine importer? I would check with the dealer to see if the bottom end is compatible with your heads and electronics. Another alternative would be to swap an entire VVTi 1MZ - longblock + ecu + sensors + wiring harness. I don't think it would be neccessarily a whole lot more work, and you get ...
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