When I loosened the belt and removed the mounting bolts I found that the alternator will not slide off the mounting bar as it is blocked just barely enough … by the power steering unit. You can leave the belt on the rest of the pulleys just move it forward away from the alternator so it doesn't hang up when you remove the alternator. However, as I wrote below, the adjustment bracket needs to be removed before being able to remove the alternator from the engine compartment. You can use a crescent wrench to turn the pulley and get the belt under the other one. Now remove the three bolts holding in the alternator.
Remove the center nut from the hub holding the axle in. Again use a flat head to help push down the lock clip and pull the plug out. Don't blame me for being a poor 3rd world resident who tries to save money where he can ; Yes, servicing an alternator takes a couple of hours and requires you own an angle grinder and a bench clamp or whatever it's called. Remove the 2 bolts from the half shaft support bracket 5. Perfect match to the original Mazda unit. Remove the bolts and take the alternator off. The tensioner pulley is the one just above the alternator.
To learn more, see our. . I have replaced my alternator 4 times. If the voltage regulator is at fault, apparently this isn't servicable and the whole unit will have to be replaced. Remo … ve dust pan from right front 3. One at the top and three on the bottom.
You will have to turn it to fin … d the best way to get it out, and, remember what way that was as when you put the new one in, you will need to put it in the same way. This will help allow the belt to slip off the pulley without binding on the socket wrech when you release the pressure. Now is the time to take the top bolt out. You will need a ball joint fork and a hammer to release the ball joint and tie rod end. Gonna have to disconnect the muffler hangers; theres four of them.
Remove the right front tire 2. The alternator now has enough room by rotating and dropping down to remove through the opening. Once you remove the neg terminal wire position it so it can not come into contact with any of the battery posts as you work if there is any corrosion you need to clean it before you reconnect it use a wire brush. Unbolt brake fluid master cylinder 2x 12mm head nuts and remove from servo unit and push to one side. Look down at the alternator and you will see a bolt 12mm with a 3 inch long socket loosen this bolt and remove it. Once the alternator is loose disconnect the wires on the back of it. Go in from underneath and take to finish the rest of the job.
The alternator pivot bolt is under the alternator, on the inside of the alternator. Ok so now we are almost ready to remove the alternator but first we need to remove the serpentine belt. When re-installing the studs put lock washers on the back side and an O-ring on the front of them all the way up to the bracket so they will stay in place while you line up the axle bracket and get the nuts started. This is tough to wiggle around but you can get to them. You can remove the alternator at the top. I am currently looking at replacing my alternator. Now gently let the wrench come back toward the front of the car.
It might be helpful if you have someone to help you push it up from the bottom. Next move the tensioner and remove the belt. To change the alternator; the factory procedure at the dealership says to drop the sub-frame from under the front of the vehicle. Move back to the top and tighten the top bolt. Notice which pulleys the alternator belt rides on.
There are four bolts that hold the alternator to the engine block. Locate the pully tensioner on the alternator and loosen the tensioner bolt and the bolt on the alternator slider. I just remove the two 18mm bolts from the bottom of the strut and swing the wheel bearing assembly down and out barely far enough to remove the axle. Jack up car on passenger side front … or drive onto ramps. That is the removal process.
Put the new one, secure with main bolt and tensioner. Remove the 3 bolts holding the alternator mounting bracket 9. Now attach neg battery terminal, replace battery cover and engine cover and the cover on the bottom of the engine compartment and you are finished. Loosen alternator bolts, lower one main and the 2 for the tensioner. Next, you will have to remove the alternator belt adjuster bracket, so you can get the alternator out. Now your done with the bottom bolts connect the electrical connections tighten the nut and close the cover. Once you get it into position start one of the bottom bolts.