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Do I need to remove the tensioner to remove the alternator on a '92 cutlass cierra? If so what size is the bolt that attaches it?

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No, you just need to loosen the belt and take it off the alternator. Then the two bolts that mount it and unclip the plug and unbolt the other wire.

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What steps should I follow when removing the alternator from my 92 Suzuki sidekick?


Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Loosen adjusting bracket nut or bolt and the bottom bolt, then loosen the long adjusting bolt while pushing down on the alternator. Remove the belt.
Unplug wire from top of alternator.
Unbolt the wire from the rear of alternator. Completely remove upper and lower bolt from the alternator. Pry the alt away from the brackets. You may have to use a hammer to tap the spacer back in its hole about 1/4 inch. This is located in the hole where the large bolt went through. Reverse procedure to install.

Sep 18, 2014 | 1992 Suzuki Sidekick

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'92 cutlass ciera 3.3 belt tensioner assembly replacement


your belt has to come off the ensioner should have one bolt to loosen

Jan 22, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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How to install a alternator on a 94' cutlass


3.1L Engines - 1998-93 VEHICLES
(see Figures 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. If necessary for access to the alternator, remove the air cleaner assembly.
  3. Remove the serpentine belt
  4. Label and detach the electrical connector(s) from the back of the alternator.
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Fig. 5: After removing the serpentine belt, detach the electrical connector from the rear of the alternator

  1. Remove the rear and front attaching bolts, and unfasten the brace-to-alternator bolt.
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Fig. 6: Unfasten the front and rear mounting bolts...

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Fig. 7: ... then remove the brace-to-alternator bolt

  1. Carefully remove the alternator assembly, making sure all wires are disconnected.
If the alternator brace is removed, the studs must be retightened before installation or damage to the brace may result.


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Fig. 8: Alternator (generator) removal and installation - 1992 3.1L engine shown (click image for zoom)

To install:

  1. Position the alternator into the mounting bracket.
  2. If necessary, attach the battery positive lead and nut to the alternator output terminal. Tighten to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  3. Install the brace-to-alternator bolt, but do not tighten at this time.
  4. Install the front and rear mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts as follows:
    1. Long bolt to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm)
    2. Short bolt to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm)
    3. Bracket bolt to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm)
  5. Check that tightening of the brace bolts did not bind the alternator.
  6. Attach the electrical connector(s).
  7. Install the serpentine belt
  8. If removed, install the air cleaner.
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.

Hope helps (remember to rate this answer).

Mar 23, 2011 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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Remove and replace alternator


you didn't mentioned what type of vehichle or year, but most of these you will have to remove the tension from the belt tensioner, to do so, you will need a 13 - 15" size metric wrench, or 3/8 size ratchet, and a 13- 15" size metric socket , and hold back on to the tensioner towards the drivers side of the engine, this releases the tension from the belt, and then let the serpentine belt lay aside, then disconnect the negative battery cable from your battery, and then disconnect the wiring from the back of the alternator, and remove the hold down bolts that hold the alternator in place, then lift alternator from bolted on area, then install new alternator, plug up wiring at back of it , bolt the alternator back on, and then with a 13 -15 " metric wrench or socket, hold back on to the belt tensioner, and then slip the belt back into position, and release the tensioner slowly against the belt, make sure that the belt is lined up correctly on all of the pulleys, then reconnect the negative battery cable, then start the vehicle up., and check that the belt is operating ok. afterwards, you will most likely have to reset your radio functions , due to the battery cable being disconnected.

Mar 08, 2011 | Jeep Cherokee Cars & Trucks

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How do ichange alternator on 92 jeep laredo


You'll need a 15mm, 13mm, 10mm and 8mm sockets and a 3 inch and 6 inch socket extender. You will need the same sized for regular wrenches as well.

The problem is available room. You have to take out the battery and the battery holder (15mm nuts), then remove the fan housing and then the fan (4 13mm nuts that are hard to get off if the serpantine belt is not tight) - the fan is in the way and you won't be able to get the alternator out if its inplace.

Next, you need to remove tension on the belt - this is done with a 13mm socket and wrench (access is tight on some bolts). Remove the bolt in the back of the power stearing pump assembly, then down below the pump you'll find another to loosen (don't remove). the loosen the one at the top fo the power stearing pump - you'll find a bolt under the pump where you can loosen the tension on the belt. This may be stiff and will require a 6 inch extension (the air filter and water hoses are in the way)

Once the belt is loose, you can take the 2 bolts that hold the alternator off (15mm). There is are 2 cables attached. One to an insulated post (10mm socket) and another one that is ground and some other alternator connections. the cables are attached to the block via a 13mm nut - remove this and you can pull the alternator out (I had to wedge it out with a broom handle). remove the cables, and clean the contacts on them with some 150 grit emery cloth. Pull the Alternator out and put the new one down and re-attach the cables. You'll need an 8mm socket for 2 of these nuts.

Slide the Alternator in and get the bolts in (its a tight fit on the engine).

Reassemble in the reverse order (getting the bolts back on the fan assembly took me quite a while).

Hope this helps


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Mar 04, 2011 | 1992 Jeep Cherokee Sport

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How to replace alternator


Remove the negative battery cable from the battery.
2. Loosen the right front wheel lug nuts.
3. Jack up the automobile and place jack stands in appropriate positions. Leave room to access the alternator from underneath the car.
4. Complete removal of the right front wheel.
5. Remove the right front lower splash shield.
6. Release tension on the serpentine belt at the tensioner.
7. Slip the belt off of the tensioner and the alternator.
8. Attach an engine hoist at the front of the engine. This is a transverse mounted engine and the hoist will need to be attached near the engine mount located at the right front fender inner fender.
9. Remove the top portion of this mount.
10. Loosen the rear engine mount at the firewall. This mount is slotted and will permit you to pull the engine forward toward the right front corner of the engine compartment. This will give access to the alternator.
11. Remove the two bolts that attach the serpentine belt tensioner and remove the tensioner.
12. Remove the top alternator mounting bolt. Do this from the engine compartment side.
13. Remove the lower alternator mounting bolt. Do this from underneath the car.
14. Turn the rear of the alternator up to access and remove the electrical leads.
15. Remove the alternator from the engine compartment.
16. Install the new alternator in the REVERSE ORDER.


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Dec 28, 2010 | 2002 Saab 9-5

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I have a 92 honda accord LX. How do i remove and replace the alternator?


Unplug the battery
Loosen and move the power steering pump out of the way (don't disconnect the hoses to it)
Loosed the bolts on the alternator (should be a 14mm on the top bolt, then there will be another lower (hard to reach 12mm bolt) where it pivots. Then, on the lower front of the alternator, there will be two 10mm bolts visible for the alternator belt tension bracket, loosen the RIGHT one as that will release the tension on the belt. You may need to bang or pry to get the alternator to swing out even if you have all the bolts out. They like to lock in there.

Jun 13, 2010 | 1992 Honda Accord

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I need the firing order for a 1995 cutlass cierra sl


You didn't mention the engine size, so I have attached both diagrams for 4 cyl and 6 cyl.


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Apr 12, 2010 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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What does the tension pully bolt to? We need to replace it because it has a whole the size of the tip of your finger. It is a plate looking thing and we don't know what it is called.


The tension pulley bolts to the tension arm. You need to remove the whole arm to remove the pully from it. I would recommend replacing the whole unit as one as that is the way they normally come from the parts store. I hope this helps. The tension assembly is attached to the engine block itself and there is a notch in the block for the tension spring to go into when you put it back on. The belt obvioulsly has to be off for this to work.

Jun 23, 2009 | 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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What is the quickest and easist way to replace the alternator and put the serpintine belt back on?


here is step by step instruction on how to replace you alternator. please do not forget to rate and comment abotu your experience with fixya today 3.8L (VIN 1) Supercharged Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the serpentine drive belt from the alternator, as outlined in Section 1 of this manual.
  3. Detach the electrical connections from the alternator.
  4. Unfasten the alternator mounting bolt and mounting bolt and nut.
  5. Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
    To install:
    1. Position the alternator in the vehicle and secure with the mounting nut and bolt. Tighten to 5 ft. lbs. (8 Nm).
    2. Install the remaining mounting bolt and tighten to 5 ft. lbs. (8 Nm).
    3. Attach the alternator connections. Tighten the output terminal nut to 66 inch lbs. (7.5 Nm).
    4. Install the serpentine drive belt.
    5. Connect the negative battery cable.
3.8L (VIN 3, C & L) Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Using a suitable breaker bar or ratchet, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise, then remove the serpentine drive belt. For more information regarding serpentine drive belt removal, please refer to Section 1 of this manual.
  3. If necessary, remove the fuel rail cover.
  4. While supporting the alternator, remove the mounting bolts.
  5. Tilt the alternator forward, then label and detach the electrical connectors.
  6. Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
  7. To install:
    1. Support the alternator in position, then install the alternator.
    2. Install the mounting bolts and tighten to 1 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
    3. Attach the electrical connectors at the back of the alternator. Tighten the alternator output terminal nut to 93 inch lbs. (10.5 Nm) for 1987-92 vehicles, or to 66 inch lbs. (7.5 Nm) for 1993-94 vehicles.
    4. If removed, install the fuel rail cover.
    5. Install the serpentine drive belt and rotate the tensioner into position.
    6. Connect the negative battery cable.

Apr 16, 2009 | 1992 Buick LeSabre

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