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Alternator removal Tips??

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working on replacing a worn/failing alternator last night.

after swearing and begging (removing the two harness clips on the alternator) and removed the lower 14mm and two 12mm bolts.

BUT only able to swivel the alternator up and down about 1 to 1-2/2 inches (be careful not to bang the green harness on the ac compressor)

gotta grab a thin long prybar, or got to figure a way to free up some room on the lower cradle part where the alternator sits in.

There's a sleeve or spacer that i think is preventing the alternator from coming free.


any tips or suggestions on how to free up the alternator?
(other than more swearing and begging)

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- Remove the A/C suction lines from brackets.

- Remove the coolant reservoir.

- Remove power steering fluid reservoir from the bracket.

These should get you enough room.


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I did mine two weeks ago and ran into the same problem. Instead of rocking it up and down first try to move it from one side to the other a couple times it might be hard to move it in that direction but u only need a little movement to push that bushing back in a hair witch is all u need
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There are several videos out there that will walk you through the process, but I think this one is probably the best. Once you get the AC and power steering hoses loose as nzone described above and as shown in the video, consider using zip ties to keep them moved out of the way of the opening. As for the alternator being "stuck" in position, it sounds as though you have it loose and it is now just a matter of getting assertive with it.

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I did mine two weeks ago and ran into the same problem. Instead of rocking it up and down first try to move it from one side to the other a couple times it might be hard to move it in that direction but u only need a little movement to push that bushing back in a hair witch is all u need
that was the input that set the bells off.

i'lll post a few pics and share a few comments that I haven't seen covered.

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that was the input that set the bells off.



i'lll post a few pics and share a few comments that I haven't seen covered.



Thanks Fellas

Mine failed tonight. Denso remanufactured ordered. Iíll be following along. Itís at least helpful that these vehicles are consistent in their problems & weíre all aging them together & can help each other.
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BTW, the 2009 is just slightly different than the 2007 in that video. Still a great video. I was able to get a remanufactured Denso alternator for $113 after core. Also, I highly recommend this tool. I was hung up at the tensioner until I got this - it comes next day from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-36.../dp/B0002WSFTO
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