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I cannot remove the long bolt from alternator.

The long bolt on the alternator hits the body/frame before it is far enough out to remove the alternator from the mount! How do you get around this

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  • rsbjunior Dec 13, 2008

    The reverse worked, releasing the lower motor mount and jacking up the frame was my solution. the bolt had to go down about 1 inch to miss the frame. It had to go up 6 inches to miss it... thanks.



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How about releasing the upper motor mount and carefully jack the engine up enough to remove bolt??

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If you are on the fence about changing your alternator yourself, let me say: Don't do it!!! This is not a novice job. I spent about 4 hours getting it out and about 3 putting it back together, including about a 1 hr trip to the parts store. I'd say I lost 1-2 hours for having no manual or guide on how to do this work. If you are intent on doing this yourself, the next paragraph will describe the steps necessary. You'll have to fill in your own curse words during the exercise! LOL
  1. Remove the lower plastic cowling to allow undercarriage access
  2. Remove the upper plastic cowling to see the radiator
  3. Loosen the radiator overflow tank
  4. Remove the stabilizer bar that runs front to rear over the serpentine belt
  5. Remove the stabilizer bar mounting bracket that is attached to the engine just above the alternator
  6. Remove the steel body bar that runs left-to-right in front of the engine (I didn't find this until late, costing me extra time) You will need to remove the cover to the fuses to get at one of the bolts. 4 18mm bolts.
  7. Remove the bolts and body nuts that attach the front grill and upper bumper to the chassis
  8. Optional - Remove the air breather assembly if you need more room on the right side of the car - it's an easy pull
  9. Remove the upper radiator hose
  10. Remove the upper radiator clamps
  11. Remove the engine fan tray
  12. Optional - remove the radiator Or
  13. Tilt the radiator back with not enough room to properly work
  14. Remove the alternator
  15. That's it. Now Reverse the steps.
Here are a few notes:

Fan tray - held to radiator by an upper and lower clip. Also, there are two hoses bolted to it on the right side along with the power cables..

Radiator - if you are going to leave it in and work around it, you need to lift it from it's center supports so that it can be tilted towards the front of the car. You run the risk of damaging the radiator as is not enough room to maneuver the alternator out without striking it.

You will need a second person to pull back on the radiator during the alternator removal. I used a bottle jack and a piece of lumber to push it forward as I had no helper. The only way to get the radiator leaning far enough to work was to also have the front grill pivoting forward as well. In reality, you need the bottom section as far forward as possible and less so the upper.

Air Conditioner - In every step of removing anything, the AC hoses were in the way. Sure would have been much easier if I could have pulled those hoses off.

Alternator - Has 3 bolts. Reach one from under the car. It is the pivot bolt. It is a 15mm bolt and nut. Best with a helper as the nut is best held from above and the bolt from under. Next bolt was removed from above. It is located on the alternator face. It took me a while to realize that there was a third bolt that is at a 45 degree angle upwards on the front side of the unit. It's also the battery ground wire location. Also remove the hot wire and the 2 wire connector.

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Removal and replacement of the alternator. 1999 Cadillac Deville

This is a pretty tough job.

Recover ac refri. remove ac condensor,drain radiator,remove both rad. hoses only radiator will lift out of cradle and pivot enough too access alt. dismounting bolts , hoses, and alt will come out with slight tugging past fan shroud & body frame. Sorry No Pictures & would recomend pricing alt hoses at this time.

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Remove and replace Front Sway bar

Hello ggagne.
Here is the procedure.

  1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the left tire and wheel assembly.
  3. Remove the pinch bolt from the lower intermediate steering shaft
  4. Loosen all insulator clamp attaching bolts.
  5. Place a jack stand under the center of the rear frame cross member.
  6. Remove the rear frame-to-body bolts.
  7. Lower the rear of the frame just enough to gain access to the stabilizer shaft.
  8. Remove the insulator clamp bolts and the clamps from the frame.
  9. Remove the insulators from the stabilizer bar.
  10. Remove the stabilizer bar links from the control arms.
  11. Pull the stabilizer shaft rearward.
  1. Insert the stabilizer shaft to the left side of the vehicle. Important: DO NOT tighten the stabilizer link nut at this time. The weight of the vehicle must be supported by the control arms such that you can obtain the vehicle design trim heights before tightening the link nut.
  2. Loosely install the stabilizer shaft link at the control arm.
  3. Install the insulators on to the stabilizer bar.
  4. Connect the insulator clamps to the frame.
    • Tighten the stabilizer shaft bracket bolts to 48 Nm (35 ft. lbs.) .
  5. Raise the frame into position while you guide the steering shaft onto the gear.
  6. Install the new frame-to-body attaching bolts.
  7. Remove the jack stand.
  8. Install the pinch bolt and tighten.
  9. Install the left tire and wheel assembly.
  10. Lower the vehicle.
  11. Support the weight of the vehicle by the control arms.
  12. Tighten the stabilizer link nut.
    • Tighten the stabilizer shaft link nut to 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.)
There you are, I hope your job goes well.
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There is a trick to this. Put a jack under the front of the sub-frame. Then remove the two front sub-frame bolts. Then let the front of the sub-frame down until you get just enough room to pull the alternator over the top of the intake.

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The bottom alternator bolt will not side out,keep hitting the

Depending upon how close to "out" it is when it hits the axle, most times you can put a small board on the end of a floor jack and gently lift the engine. Most times there is enough give in the engine mounts to allow you to remove the bolt. If not you may need to loosen up the mount on the side where the alt is. Also, sometimes jacking up the body will change the axle position enough to get bolt out.
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Be aware: when lifting any vehicle, you are changing the roll center thus making it more prone to rollover. Though it does make the vehicle look impressive, unless you intend to only lift far enough to get a bit more tire clearance, it's not going to do much else for you, (body being higher does not change the height of the differentials, therefore the same stuff you hit when off-roading you will still hit.) Adding taller tires only adds 1/2 of the tire height addition to ground clearance eg: using a 31" tire instead of a 30" only adds 1/2" additional ground clearance.
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