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I'm trying to switch the belt that is on the alternator. The previous belt was loose enough to pull right off. Now i'm stuck because I haven't the slightest idea of how to slide the alternator to get the new belt on and fitting properly. There is one side bolt and one top bolt attached to the alternator and when taken off the alternator remains solid and will not slide down. I believe i'm missing something in the process.

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HI, this video will show you how to remove the alternator in your Camry.
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You should be able to pivot one of the pulleys with a small 3/8 breaker bar. route belt over pulleys one of them will pivot.

Posted on Sep 08, 2010

  • robdevora Sep 08, 2010

    It's all Greek to me. You're saying the pulleys move? Not the actual alternator? To do this i'm going to need a "Breaker bar"...???

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My truck is loosing power on the road, I pulled off the air filter and put it back on , now it has no power. The dtc says on the computer, reduced engine power.


Have you checked your alternator? A lot of times it is simply from an alternator that is not working entirely properly. If it is not putting enough power out then you may not be generating enough energy to spark some of your plugs. My 280zx had a problem with the belt that was skipping the alternator and my car would all of a sudden die and then instantly crank again. If you have a volt meter you can simply test this by putting it across the negative and positive terminals. When the truck is off it should run at about 12V and when cranked run up to about 13-14 Depending on specifics of the truck. If you do not have a volt meter you can simply go to your local parts store and they generally have a free alternator test. If you are not getting proper voltage there are a couple of things it may be.
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I started my 2005 Taurus, heard a high pitched whining sound and saw smoke rising from under the hood. Haven't started it since, and am going to have it towed to a dealership. I'm not a mechanic...


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  • Sounds to me like the "whining" was a stuck pulley and the smoke was from the serpentine belt smoking. The alternator, AC compressor, Power Steering Pump, Water Pump and the Tentioner are all pulleys that are driven by the serpentine belt. When one of the em pulleys lock up the belt is still pulled by all the other pulleys and smokes out on the stuck pulley.

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Sounds like you have a typical case of loose fan/alternator belt or bad alternator.
If the belt is not tight enough with the engine idling the engine cant turn the belt fast enough on the alternators pulley, thus causing a low volts output from the charging terminal of the alternator, and this can cause all the funk you are describing. Put a test on the charging system, at least a 12volt DC digital hand held voltmeter across the battery terminals set it to 20 volts DC and let the car idle...if the voltage drops to 12.5 volts or less the belt may be loose or the alternator may be defective.
To check the alternator belt, shut off the engine and remove the key from the ignition to avoid an accident, try turning the alternator pulley if it turns by hand without turning the fan belt, its too loose, also if you can't reach the pulley, check the belt for too much slack, with it running and lights on etc. look at the belt as it turns(dont touch!!) does it appear to be jumping? this would indicate it is too loose, tighten it with proper ratchet and socket size, and pry 16" bar and try volt testing again, the meter charge rate should read 13.5-14.5 volts idling with all lights on etc., if not then the alternator is the culprit.
Never attempt changing any electrical part like an alternator, starter motor, etc without first disconnecting the battery the alternator should come off with the removal of two mounting bolts, one thru bolt may be 5/8" hex or its metric counterpart 15mm hex at the alternators base(sometimes refered to as the "pivot" bolt) approx. 6" long, one belt adjuster bolt, either 1/2" or 9/16" or its metric counterpart 13 or 14 mm, one electrical plug easy clip pull type, and the out put wire has one nut either 3/3" or 7/16 " hex or its metric counterpart of #10 mm.
Be sure to clean the battery terminals using a baking soda mix and be wearing your eye protective googles.
Reinstall using the reverse proceedures and walla, you are back in business.
You may have to charge the battery before putting the vehicle back into service, and me as a ruke, i generally don't keep a battery longer then 5 years old, but that is just my theory, I don't want to get stuck during a road trip or bad weather or both having a battery problem because they erupt without notice at times.

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How do I tighten my alternator belt? I just put in a new alternator, but i cant pull the belt tight enough in tightening down the swivel screw securing the alternator.


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Belt is getting hot, because it might be loose or one of the components (AC, water pump, alternator etc) has trouble with rotation (getting stuck). In most common case it is alternator.
If you are handy with that you need to remove the belt and rotate the alternator, water pump, ac pulleys and see which one has problem with rotation. Also you can check for free at Autozone if alternator giving enough charge.

Libricants are prohibited to use, belt will be slippering and wont rotate the pulleys for AC, water pump, alternator.

For tension serpentine belt can be checked by twisting it, it should not twist more then 90 degree, or by pushing, no more the 1/4 inch freedom then you push it
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