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Old 08-27-09, 12:17 PM   #16
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i took off the bolts and wires to the alternator (90 min) im newB. and then i couldnt find a hole big enuff to slide it out. so i yanked and cranked it out. it was frustrating. im going to napa today to get a new alternator. i think i might have trouble fitting it back in the hole i pulled it from. and also there was a leak dripping onto the alternator. i read up on it and some said it was the power steering fluid. will lucas power steering stop leak stop a leak in a hose?
i think the older models did have a issue with power steering dripping onto thr alternator but its been awhile since i recall hearing about it
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Old 09-03-09, 12:58 PM   #17
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i took off the bolts and wires to the alternator (90 min) im newB. and then i couldnt find a hole big enuff to slide it out. so i yanked and cranked it out. it was frustrating. im going to napa today to get a new alternator. i think i might have trouble fitting it back in the hole i pulled it from. and also there was a leak dripping onto the alternator. i read up on it and some said it was the power steering fluid. will lucas power steering stop leak stop a leak in a hose?
I had 2 alternators die from a leaky ps pump. In my case, the stop leak didn't work so I had to replace the ps pump. It's not cheap so I found a used one. No more alternator issues to date.
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Old 04-28-11, 01:36 PM   #18
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Old thread but i just replaced the alt about 3 days ago which was a PITA at first then i realized it's not so bad after all if you have patience and think everything thoroughly. Here's a tip on removing the bolt from the PS pulley without a holding tool or SST. Don't remove the serpentine belt while loosening the bolt but if you did already just put like a 5inch socket extension thru the pulley hole and wedge it between the PS pump. The bolt is not torque really tight just need a 1/4 of a turn with your 3/8 breaker bar and it's off. Now to take the pulley off is tricky because if it's rusted on there you might wanna soak it with PB blaster for a while and use a ballpeene hammer and tap & turn it a couple of times from behind to loosen it up since the pulley it's only friction fit. In my case i rented a 3 jaw pulley remover from Autozone(part no. 27078) and you have to remove your radiator fan to fit the puller. I wanna thanked GSteg for answering my pm's and helping me out. Thanks buddy . I hope this will help DIYer out there and save money on labor.
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Old 10-13-11, 08:20 PM   #19
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I just removed my alternator today and this thread was very helpful in the process. To remove the PS pulley I used a pry bar which I placed between the pulley and the pump. I tapped it lightly with a rubber mallet. I tapped, turned, tapped, and turned until I was able to wiggle the pulley loose. I removed the alternator thru the front, just had to push a ps line out of the way a little.
I will be replacing the alt with a remanufactured OE that's gonna cost me $90 with core turn in. I think it's a pretty good deal.
I don't think installation will be any harder than the removal. Wish me luck!
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I used the pry bar method but the damn pulley still won't come off so i used the jaw in the end. I wonder if we have to take the alternator off again in order to remove the PS pump?
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Maybe a stupid question but.....
How much of the remove and replace is done from the underside of the motor and how much from up top?
If a lot has to be done from underneath I'll probably use a buddy's pit for the job.
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I removed the serpentine belt and the ps pulley from the top. Everything else was done from under the car.
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I removed the serpentine belt and the ps pulley from the top. Everything else was done from under the car.
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Changed mine out today. Not as difficult as I imagined it would be. Only took about an hour start to finish.
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Just changed mine out yesterday. I used the PDF files provided and they were very helpful. Seems to have a leaky PS from somewhere. Also only when the car is in drive, i've started getting some loud idle noise.
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So it seems like majority of you are getting alternator out through the bottom of car right?
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I replaced my alternator today, and have a tip for others. I initially found it nearly impossible to wrestle the alternator out of its location, there was always something in the way - pulleys, hoses, and other components.

The only way I could get it out was by dropping the front sway bar mounts (4 screws total), and lowering the sway bar - then the alternator pretty much fell out onto my face . Would have saved me close to an hour of aggravation if I had done this from the start.
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Are you guys replacing your alternators with OEM alternators? Could I just go to a junkyard and pull one off a 2GS or is it better to get a refurbished one?
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