Alternator Removal

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Alternator Removal

Post by latief » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:43 pm

So i was changing my tensioner pulley, and i decided to change my alternator while i was there.....it was a no go....

I unbolted the two main bolts, and loosened the adjusting bolt. the thing will not move. am i supposed to remove the black bracket it attaches to also?


it was so damn frustrating....

feedback?

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Post by occasional demons » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:54 pm

Considering your locale, the bolts shouldn't be rusted in place...
I would try tapping it with a rubber hammer, but as long as the bolt that locks it in place on the top is loose, the adjuster screw should move it. I don't think I even loosened the pivot bolt when I did the timimg belt.

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Post by fixitmattman » Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:05 pm

Needs to be tapped out with a hammer. There's a roll pin on the bottom mount.
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Post by latief » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:04 am

Thanks,

Bolts came out fine, but i could not access the bolted-on ground wire in the back, and i was not sure if the black bracket that attaches it to the engine block should be removed....

eventually it started getting dark and i started to panic :lol:... but man, that it one lousy location to be working on........my back hurts today from bending over the engine bay!!!

It took me 1 hour to replace the belt tensioner including raising and lowering the engine, removing and installing all mounts + mounting bracket....

it took me 2 hours to try and remove alternator with no results. and the FSM i have was not really that clear on the procedure...

besides, i doubt that it will go out through the wheel well as indicated by the FSM, anyone tried that ? do you pull it out the top or bottom?

thanks for the feedback.....

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Post by kc2005ptgt » Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:40 pm

Go from under car - remove wheel, wheel well cover, and then remove those bolts from below... SO much easier, plus the alternator really only comes out from below, in my experience. Takes about 1 hour max to remove it.
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Post by Donkeypuncher » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:11 pm

You beat me to it. Removing from the bottom is so much easier once you jack the car up. No need to remove the wheel though, just remove the plastic cover for the belts and it's easy access. The adjuster bolt and locking nut are easier from the top, but the pivot bolt and removing the alternator is easier from the bottom.

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Post by latief » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:30 pm

What about the wiring? I could not get to the rear ground wire. maybe if i had a lift, it would be easy...but on jack stands? i can't even see it !!!

thanks for the input thus far!!!

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Post by fixitmattman » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:34 pm

Man you're making this out harder than it has to be. When I swapped my alt out a few years ago I did it in the Univeristy Residence parking lot in just over an hour. You can reach all the wiring from under the car, or if you're long and skinny or have good reach the top as well.

Pull the drivers side wheel, pull the splash shield and it's all right there. Hardest part was wiggling the alt out the top (PS cooler and lines got in the way from pulling it out the bottom when I did it).
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Post by latief » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:19 am

So i swapped this yesterday, but here is the deal. I could not get it our from the bottom, I somehow managed to get out of the top, but it was not easy..... how do you get it out from the bottom, seriously?

the black mounting bracket is in the way, was that supposed to come out also? their is simply no room....

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Post by latief » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:56 am

^^^^
Never mind, after reading the manual again, i realized that i should have removed the mounting bracket....

still it is doable from above as i did, but much more labor intensive......

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