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Posted by Itsasaab [Email] (#2054) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Itsasaab) on Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:00:33 Share Post by Email
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Replaced the alternator today in my '05. Finally got the cable bolts off the back after STUPIDLY removing the main alternator bolts first. Oh well. Suggest you don't do as I did.

Wrestled with that sucker and in the end it came out pretty well. Probably a 30 minute twist and turn thing and finally got the engine in the right place and there she was.
Last time (different car, a 2000, some years ago) had to file the edge of the manifold back but this time not the case.
It was in the end probably harder to get the new unit lined up in the bracket. That was a bear too.

Anyway, my problem now is getting the upper bolt to bite in the thread. Can't for the life of me. Of course I loosened the bottom on to jiggle the unit but my back is shot now and a rest, with liquid refreshment, is the priority.

Any suggestions re the top bolt? Is it just me or has anyone else found it hard to secure?

It goes in so that the head is almost invisible - maybe 1 or 2 mm left outside the recess hole. Then it just turns and turns.

Realized I could swap that bolt with the one for the tensioner as I happened to notice they are the exact same bolt. Maybe that will get some bite. Bolt is not stripped but I am wondering if the hole for it is. Hope not.


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