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Alternator bolts i want to change my alternator on 2001 hyundai santa fe . but when i came to bottom bolt the bolt that makes it swivel it is blocked by a brackect the bracket looks like its for the tire arm how do i get this bolt ouy without taking the steering rod out?

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  • DanyielAI May 11, 2010

    I'm not certain but sometime it's easier to unbolt the motor mounts and jack the engine up a little. I'm not really familular with this model but it sounds like one of those situations. suspension parts have a habbit of being a pain to remove. and then needing a alighnment after reinstalling them. Maybe this helped.Good luck.



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The mounting bracket that the bolt goes through is slotted. It will be a little tight but if you can pry the alternator upwards it will disengage the slot and come off. The bolt does not have to come out.

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