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Old 07-20-2008, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Alternator Removal Trouble!? Help? (Pictures)

Having lots of trouble getting the old one out.
Bentley makes it seem easier than it is. Bentley also claims it is held in place by two bolts. I found three (!?)






My problems are all the bolts are tight, I have no idea which direction to turn to release them and the upper tensior pulley seems to be connect to the Alternator with a big bronze bolt. How do you remove it?







Also what is this extra piece here-(red arrows)?; It seems bolted onto the Alternator was well.
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Ok, to remove the idler pulley bolt, you have to turn it counter clockwise & I'm pretty sure it's either a 16mm or 17mm....I'm pretty sure it's a 16mm.....So with a 3/8 drive long handle rachet or slip a small pipe over the handle for better leverage & 16 mm socket to remove the bolt from the pulley... That extra piece you are pointing to, is the alternator bracket which one of the long bolts goes through.....
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p.s. the alternator is held in with 2 bolts, the 3rd one holds the that pulley to the alternator. also go to page 020-14 in your Bentley it will show you how to remove the belt 1st, via through the tensioner pulley with an allen key....
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Ok, to remove the idler pulley bolt, you have to turn it counter clockwise & I'm pretty sure it's either a 16mm or 17mm....I'm pretty sure it's a 16mm.....So with a 3/8 drive long handle rachet or slip a small pipe over the handle for better leverage & 16 mm socket to remove the bolt from the pulley... That extra piece you are pointing to, is the alternator bracket which one of the long bolts goes through.....
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p.s. the alternator is held in with 2 bolts, the 3rd one holds the that pulley to the alternator. also go to page 020-14 in your Bentley it will show you how to remove the belt 1st, via through the tensioner pulley with an allen key....

Thanks Johnny.

Those 3 bolts are really on there tight.
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Thanks Johnny.

Those 3 bolts are really on there tight.
Yeah, on that idler pulley, I had to double check to see if that bolt was left handed (reverse thread), but the Bentley does not state that it is, it just says to remove it after the belt is off......page 121-6 fig. 5......The Bentley does state an example of left-handed thread, like on the clutch fan removal on page 170-7, it states left-hand thread & it has an arrow noting left-hand thread.....in fig. 8. So with no mentioning of a left handed thread on that idler pulley, It must just be very f#cking tight.....
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p.s. In all my days as a auto-tech. I've noticed, whenever you have a metal bolt, threaded in cast aluminum, there is a corrosion factor which makes it very difficult to remove that MFing bolt......
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they're all right-hand thread. and yes, they're tight. I suggest you start by using a 1/2" drive breaker bar to start with, and then undoing them the rest of the way with the usual 3/8 drive tools.
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they're all right-hand thread. and yes, they're tight. I suggest you start by using a 1/2" drive breaker bar to start with, and then undoing them the rest of the way with the usual 3/8 drive tools.
+1 ^ with using a 1/2" drive breaker bar........
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