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Old 06-19-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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2002 SVT Alternator Removal from bracket

Hope someone can assist. Both bracket bolts totally removed - alternator will rock back and forth a quarter of an inch - can't rotate up as intake interferes.

Almost feels as if there may be another bolt in the middle that it is rocking on.

Should I just keep working it back and forth until it finally comes off the bracket?? ALL wires are removed. I have been prying and pounding.

I have a couple of days before the replacement alternator arrives.

The ZETEC alternator removal info is close, but not quite correct as I WAS able to remove both bracket bolts (easily) while alternator was in the car. Just can't get it to release off the bracket, to then try to snake it out of there.

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take the steering reservoir out and some wires, you should be able to take it out just be more patient :) if not take engine mounts off
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he is talking about getting it off of the bracket that it is bolted to. the alternators for these cars are really bad about wedging onto those things and becoming a big pain in the butt to get off. the only thing you can really do is spray some lube onto that bracket down there where the alternator is wedged onto that bracket and keep wiggling it.
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he is talking about getting it off of the bracket that it is bolted to. the alternators for these cars are really bad about wedging onto those things and becoming a big pain in the butt to get off. the only thing you can really do is spray some lube onto that bracket down there where the alternator is wedged onto that bracket and keep wiggling it.
Agree! Lube it and then play with it. I used a thin pry bar to get mine off. Put it between the alternator and engine and push out and up and it should come out pretty easy.
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Just keep wiggling it! I took the passenger side engine mount off so I could have more room.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:35 PM   #6
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just pry it out with a flat head screw driver or something. it'll come off
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Thanks to all - it's a BITCH!!

I'll keep wiggling/prying/pounding. Seems like this is more difficult than when I replaced my timing belt, and of course, it's not out of the car yet...
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I used a long pry bar and it popped out.
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It was stuck on the back bracket "ear" so prying pushed it up into the intake manifold. When I saw the manifold flexing, I banged the alternator back down with a rubber mallet and short piece of pipe - over and over and over.

I continued wiggling - up and down - and after an hour or so it finally loosened up and came loose. Did not want to lubricate as I was pretty sure the lubricant would get on the accessory belt or pulleys no matter how careful I was.

For the forum's benefit, be advised it was NOT necessary to disconnect the motor mount nor the intake to snake the alternator out. Just keep trying turning it different ways - I'm pretty good with spatial relationships - lousy with female relationships.

Just make sure you have removed everything on the firewall that could interfere, and the last little thing that made it possible was to bend down the grounding tab on the wiring harness bracket spotwelded to the strut tower. I'll bend it back into place once I get the new alternator installed.
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I thought I would resurrect this post instead starting my own.
I am having the same problem. It seems like I am hitting the intake manifold with no room for it to come out. I really do not want to damage the intake.
Have I removed everything I need to?
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