Im having trouble taking the altenator off .you have a limited space to work in i got the top bolt out they say there are two more plus release the belt tensioner .i cant find a wrench or tool to get to the other bolts any ideas would be grateful thanks steve
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Re: what tools it takes to take altenator off
If you get a 3/8 in socket wrench there is a square on the belt tensioner u can insert the scoket wrench into you will need a fairly long pipe to help with leverage then pull the wrench up and you will see the tensioner take off the tension off the belt so u can remove the belt but do not forget how the belt is routed this is the fun part ... autozone and kragen have special tools that you can rent to get the other bolts off of the alternator
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The spare tire is underneath the vehicle in the rear. There is a large bolt right inside where the rear door latches that you will need a tool to get off. The tool is under the carpet all the way in the trunk space almost to the back of the rear seats in a compartment. It will take a while to unscrew the bolt all the way and watch your toes because the spare and the mounting equipment will just fall if you're not holding it up when the bolt is finally loose.
disconnect the negative battery. remove the belt by rotate the tensioner roller clockwise. from the left car side u will see three hexagon screw 13mm under the altenator. loose out the screw and remove the altenator. before that unplug the two wire behind the altenator.tq
typically there are just 2 main bolts that keep the altenator in one place find those bolt and remove. 1st always disconnect the battery before you start any work on the electrical systems. then on the back of the device there should be 2 more nuts to take off. One is the grond which is probbally a 10mm and the other is the power, that is probbally a 13mm. While the belt is loose it is a good idea to replace it. The altenator should be on the top side of the engine. if not then you may have to take apart more of the accesories. just remember to keep all of the parts you take off the engine organised. like get a card board and poke holes in it with the bolts or just screw them back where ever they came off on the engine
take out the top 4 bolts above the altenator, between those metal tubes on the metal bracket. then u have 1 bolt holding the wires to the altenator on that bracket aswell remove that. then remove the coolant reserve bottle and stick a breaker bar or rend of a ratchet in the tenchenor pulley square slot pull it back twords the head lights the belt will loosten then remove it from the altenator. then u will see 2 more bolts on the bottom side of the altenator by the pulleys and belt. Remove them 2 bolts all the way and the altenator will drop out of the bottom of them metal tubes and slide through the sides of them and its out... its very ez and does not need the tubes removed its a lot ezer than it looks.. sorry about my spelling im an infantryman not a teacher.
You can remove the fan clutch to add additional space. 1.8 T or V6? On 1.8 T remove the turbo hose. You have 2 types of fan clutches. Usually a big nut on the fan which must be removed by blocking the pulley or holding it and turning the big nut as to tighten it (opposite threads.) Usually seized on a little heat is needed on the nut just being careful not to heat the clutch and damage it. Other model have an 8 mm allen in the back depending on the fan clutch. With this advanced you'll have more space to move the fan a little. If you have to remove the front it's really not as bad as you think. About 1/2 hr it'll be advanced. You don't have to take it all off just advance it without removing the rad hoses or a/c or radiator.
I drove with my wife to sedona from mesa AZ (100+ miles) in our 2002 pt cruser Limited Edition to celebrate our one year aniversary, and my altenator bearring went bad. The tension bolt sanpped, and I have no clue how we made it there. It was saturday and all the shops were closed, so I took it to a checker auto. My brother had to drive up the altenator, they didn't have it in stock. I guess he even had a hard time finding one in the main city.
I was able to change it there in the checker parking lot, I ended up fishing it up through the top between the firewall and engine. I had to press some of the lines against the firewall really tight to the wall in order for it to fit it. It was a really tight squeeze but it fit, and it saved me from having to remove the transaxle. Also the eletrical harness/clip going into the altenator has a red thing that slides to one side in order to unclip it. they keep making those things harder and harder to figure out.
My brother bought the part for $252.83 at pepboys. They were the only ones who had one in stock. There is a $52 core return when you take back the old one. they didn't have the tension bolt, so I had to use the lug wrench to pull it tight and just put a bolt and screw through the top.
It wasn't fun, especially having my bother bunk with us on our aniversary night, car works, and my wife still loves me. Thanks Checker for letting me use your tools. Those guys were awesome!