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Alternator Removal Having trouble removing the alternator from my father in law's Kia Optima. What is the best method to remove and reinstall an alternator?

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    needs to be renewed . want to no correct method for removeing alternator

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    easiest way to remove alternator

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I am looking for a guide on how to remove and replace my 2010 kia soul 2.0 + alternator. I have found the part and wonder what the best way to do the work my self.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    the bottom bolt on the alternator 2009 kia optima don't come all the way out it hit the body of the car.



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What i heard that it is like removing it from under the car which is not possible without lifting the 4 wheels. Also you may want to first do this before removing the alternator, even the multimeter shows the alternator failed test. Simply go underneath the car to check for the wire that comes out from the alternator and goes to the battery to charge it up. This particular wire that is coming out from the alternator to charge up the battery is completely fused or burnt.

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Things You'll Need
1.Socket set
2.Floor jack
3.Lug wrench
1.Disconnect the battery's positive terminal bolt by turning it counterclockwise. Set it away from the terminal.
2.Jack up the Optima and remove the front passenger side wheel by turning the lug nuts counterclockwise using the lug wrench. Set the wheel and tire aside.
3.Remove or fold aside the wheel well cover by turning the small screws counterclockwise and gently pulling it from the retainer clips. This will give access to the engine.
4.Push on the belt tension pulley until the belt loosens, then pull the belt off of the alternator's pulley wheel. The belt can be left hanging in place.
5.Turn the alternator's bolts in a counterclockwise direction using the socket wrench. A smaller wrench head may be required for the tight space.
6.Pull the alternator free by wiggling it out of the mount.
7.Position the new alternator into the mount and secure the bolts that hold it in place.
8.Push on the belt tension pulley to give enough slack to wrap the belt around the alternator's pulley wheel.
9.Restore the wheel well cover by pushing it onto the clips and securing the screws.
10.Replace the wheel by tightening the lug nuts in a clockwise direction, alternating the pressure of opposing bolts. This sets the wheel better than tightening all of the nuts in a circle.
11.Lower the Optima onto the ground, and reconnect the battery.

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Disconnect the battery cables before beginning.

Remove the belt from the alternator by loosening the tensioner.

Take the alternator mounting bolts off and disconnect the wire.

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  • Disconnect the battery ground cable
CAUTION Never attempt to remove the alternator or disconnect any wires to the alternator without first disconnecting the battery negative cable.
  • Disconnect and label the wiring harness connections to the alternator (Painters Masking tape works very well for labeling Automotive wiring).
  • Loosen the alternator pivot bolt.
  • Remove the bolt that attaches the alternator to the adjustment arm.
  • Rotate the alternator to loosen the drive belt and disengage the belt from the pulley. Be careful that any spacers that are used in mounting are kept with their original bolts. This will make correct reinstallation much easier.
  • While supporting the alternator remove the pivot bolt.
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