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2001 kia Optima 2.5l V6 alternator replacement, how to..

Remove "square peg from round hole"!! thanks

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    How do you remove alternator from a 2003 Kia optima 6cylinder


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Use good jackstands and remove from the bottom using basic metric shop tools. The tensioner for the belt will be accessed from the top. Here is kia's tech website: Register here to get free access to online manuals for your "MS" series 01 Optima. You can even print the diagrams. Good luck, it's about a 2.5 hour job, 1.5 hour at the dealership.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

  • stevenking01 Sep 10, 2010

    Helpful hint for 2001 Kia Optima 2.5 V-6 alternator removal/installation that I haven't seen mentioned anywhere, but will save a lot of time: there is a slot for bottom bolt (long with square head) of the alternator to sit in. In other words, you don't even have to take the nut completely off of this long bolt. Take the top shorter bolt out of the upper side of the alternator (it faces you) and then, just loosen the nut on the long bottom bolt a bit and then, lift the alternator up and out of this slot. Good luck and prepare your Neosporin and band-aides ahead of time!


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