Question about 2003 Volkswagen Golf
I installed an alternator on my car about a year ago (first time doing so) and everything went smooth. It worked for about a year and now I'm in the same situation having to replace it. Ok...fine, it should go even SMOOTHER now that I know what I'm doing. Well, I went to put the new alternator on the housing/brackets that it bolts to and it won't fit. It looks like there are round metal pieces on one side that the screw/bolt threads into and that piece is too think and the alternator won't slide onto the brackets it's supposed to be screwed onto. Is there a way to squash these things down, or file them or should I just take it back and tell the store that it won't fit??
You need to widen the gap between the tabs. This will allow the alternator to slip over the bracket much easier. Get a socket big enough to allow the threaded insert to be driven inside it. (18/19mm) Then thread the bolt in a few threads and give the bolt a few taps with a hammer until the threaded insert moves about 1/8" or so. This will allow the alternator to fit easily in the bracket and the insert will be pulled back in as the bolt is tightened.
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
You need to take it back and get the proper one, DO NOT FILE OR GRIND ON IT! This will void your warranty and you will be stuck with an alternator that don't fit and unusable.
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
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