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Question abt. Alternator Mount
Having just R&R'd the 110-amp alternator on my 1990 200, I noticed
when replacing it that the mounting points at the top (the swivel
point) have two ears (front and back) which stick up over the mounting
bracket, but it only had a bolt through the *rear* mounting ear!
This seems unusual - I would have expected two bolts.
In lousy ASCII art following:
=== is the mounting bracket , | is the front/rear ears
|====| <- position of only mounting bolt
| Alt. |
Question is - I checked and mounting bracket is threaded front and
rear, so two bolts could be inserted. However, since there was only one
bolt installed - at the rear - I'm not sure whether two are required.
I did note that the rear bolt goes thru what appears to be a small
sleeve in the ear sticking up from the alternator. The sleeve was a
few MM wider than the ear, possibly allowing the bolt to tighten
on the sleeve and still allow the body of the alternator to pivot...for
adjustment by the other bolts used in mounting.
My question - Does anyone else with a similar alternator recall
whether they had bolts both in front and back for the top ears
on the alternator? Maybe only one is required, and that sleeve is
the actual pivot point.
This thing is hard enough to get at that I could easily be convinced
to leave it as is!
Know how that plastic cover over the back of the alternator has a
hole with grommet which guides lots of wires...and also is a
ROYAL PITA when removing the alternator, as you have to take the
heavy alternator loose, hold it in one hand, then remove the plastic
cover before you can get at the power connections and lower the
alternator to the ground? Well, gee, that plastic cover fell on my
hacksaw and the extension with guide hole and grommet fell off!
Now I can remove the cover independent of those stupid wires.
Couple of stout cable ties holds them just fine....
Also - the factory manual states that the brush unit and capacitor
can be replaced without removing the alternator from the car. They
are easy to get at, BUT they are located on the rear of the alternator
under this plastic cover! I don't see how you could remove that
cover to get at them unless your hacksaw did the same thing mine
did.....but now it's easy!
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