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The external side mirrors appear to be loose on their mountings (pivots) how can I tighten them up? I have noticed that there appears to be a removal plug at the top of the pivot does this provide access to any blots, nuts etc that may need may have worked loose?

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It does. Sometime you have to remove the trim panel around that as well. It's been awhile.

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Yes, very is the steps to do it:

To Remove:
  1. Disconnect battery negative cable.
  2. Remove air cleaner inlet pipe.
  3. Disconnect alternator electrical connections.
  4. Loosen (but do not remove) pivot bolt and tensioner mounting bolt.
  5. Remove drive belt form alternator pulley.
  6. Remove tensioner mounting bolt and belt tensioner.
  7. Remove pivot bolt, loosen adjusting bracket bolt and rotate bracket up.
  8. Remove alternator.

To Install:

  1. Place alternator on engine.
  2. Install (but do not tighten) pivot bolt.
  3. Rotate bracket down on top of alternator.
  4. Install belt tensioner and install bolt loosely.
  5. Install drive belt on alternator pulley.
  6. Tighten tensioner bolt to 14-19 ft lb (19-26 Nm).
  7. Tighten pivot bolt and bracket bolt to 28-38 ft lb (38-51 Nm).
  8. Connect alternator electrical connections.
  9. Install air cleaner inlet pipe.
  10. Connect battery negative cable.


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