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How do i remove the alternator from a 97 saab 900

I managed to get one of the bolts off (the one that you get by taking the wheel off) of it but i cant get to the top bolt and ive even removed the air filter housing. but i cant seem to get to it

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  • Bob9871 Mar 14, 2009

    Hello,

    My non dealer Saab Mechanic says the placement of the alternator on the bottom near the fire wall is a bad design. He had to change mine from underneath the car and by removing an axle.

    Robert Bingham

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You do not have to remove the wheel unless you have th 6 cylinder engine (2.3l). Then yes you do:

Disconnect Negative Battery Cable
Remove the air cleaner and hose from between the air breather/cleaner and throttle housing
Relax the belt tensioner off the belt and pry off the belt
Remove the right front wheel, black belt cover/protector, and the wheel hub nut and slide the hub off the drive shaft/outer Cv joint
Disconnect the alternator, remove the alternator/air intake hose, 2 bolts that hold the alternator in and remove it through right-hand wheel housing.

Yes, this is immensely annoying. I hope you figured it out...

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