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Old 08-26-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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Alternator removal

Hi All,

New to the site. I have a 2005 ZXW wagon with 130K mi. I decided to to Change out the drive belt, water pump, thermostat, starter, PCV valve (pull intake manifold), and water pump. I'm having trouble removing the alternator. The manual says to remove through top of the motor near the power steering pump. Not happening, not enough clearance. There are studs at the bottom of the alternator. Does anyone know if these studs can unscrewed from the blockr? If I can get one stud off, I think the alt will slide out. Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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You take it out the top, I did it.. twice, I did remove the stud on top.. but not needed. it is a TIGHT squeeze.. But better then removing the stuff in the way below.

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Hey thanks, I got the alternator out! Would you know where the anti freeze drain plug is on the block? The manual doesn't show where.
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To drain the Coolant? the way I do it is remove the lower coolant hose from the Radiator
I understand that there should be one somewhere but I never needed it.
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There is no coolant drain plug for the engine. Just remove the lower Jose and drain into a drain pan.
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I know I'm way to late on this but I removed my lower motor mount bolt and swung the motor foreward to get the alt out. It was pretty easy as the motor swung foreward around 4 inches with little effort. I have a hard time believing pulling out of the top could be easier as I originally planned on doing it that way and gave up.
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Next time I will try the motor mount. I had to use pri bars to remove the alt through the top. But I got the alt, water pump, thermostat, starter, drive belt, pcv valve changed out. Also resealed the intake manifold. Running like a top now, except for the engine vibration at low rpm. I'm thinking it's either motor mounts or fuel injectors, although the engine light is not coming on.
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