[urq] I'm timid with moving alternate - belt broke

James Howard ur.quattro at ntlworld.com
Fri May 7 05:27:49 EDT 2004

You have to loosen the bolt where the "tuning fork" bracket attatches to the
block also - this allows the bracket to swing down as the alternator moves.
After the 3 bolts are loose, there may be some sticktion between the
alternator and brackets. I started mine moving by levering between the
alternator and the engine block - you don't have to lever very hard and then
you can wrestle it back and forth a few times to loosen it up. I don't
remember having trouble with the upper bolt - the nut should be on the front
and the bolt inserted from the back - I think I then managed to balance a
ring spanner on the bolt head and let it touch the block and tightened the
nut - once it started to get tight the bolt stopped moving anyway.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "steven j" <michellepfeiffersx at yahoo.com>
To: <urq at audifans.com>
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 6:00 AM
Subject: [urq] I'm timid with moving alternate - belt broke

> When my alternator light came on, I was relieved to
> find the belt missing - something I can fix myself.  I
> ordered the v-belt, it should come tommorrow.
> I loosen the lower alt adjustment bolt(on a tuning
> fork like braket), and found an upper bolt which I
> loosened a bit.  I have a feeling that once the belt
> is on I'm going to have a tough time getting a wrench
> on the upper bolt.  I  still can't move the alternator
> and I don't see any built in area where I can use a
> lever or pry bar.  Any ideas?
> Also does anyone have a favorite tool to work with the
> upper alternator hinge point.   Both bolts are 13mm.
> I'm thinking I might have to pick up a longer 13mm box
> wrench without any offset and work from above.
> steve murray
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