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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085278 posted 09/13/12 05:23 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Is there an easy way to remove/replace the alternator?? I was looking at it and it seems there is a lot to remove to get to it. Also is there a "upgrade" to the stock alt aside from the saturn one?? If there is let me know would like a higher amp one than stock and is a direct replacement..

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085282 posted 09/13/12 05:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
they make 90 amp and 110 amp alts for these cars and no there is no easy way, you have to remove the intercooler pipe and the PS pump to get it out.


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085284 posted 09/13/12 05:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
So Im guessing to go from the bottom of the car to get to it?? Where can I source the 110amp at?? The car has been a rock, I put some love into the interior over the spring and have some parts piling up to replace/upgrade/update. Aside from an oil leack that I havent tracked down she's been great..



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085293 posted 09/13/12 06:14 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Move the PS pump out of the way (it moves plenty far enough) and move your IC piping. As long as you don't have Boulders for hands you should be able to get it out easily. Took me about 15mins.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085294 posted 09/13/12 06:14 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
No, there is not enough room to drop it out the bottom.

Best way is to remove the upper IC pipe, unbolt the power steering pump and lay it over above the ABS pump, unbolt the two upper radiator brackets and pick up the rad about an inch and slide it over to the passenger side as far as it will go. Then unbolt the alt and lift it up and out.

You do not have to drain the radiator, just lift it up off the lower pins and slide it over.

Have fun, the first time take a few hours to do, the next time will be about 45 minutes start to finish. (and there will be a next time).



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085301 posted 09/13/12 06:32 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Great!! I do have boulders for hands, I guess i have to stock up on band-aids and peroxide.. LOL! Should be fun..



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085303 posted 09/13/12 06:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
As well as if you remove Powersteering permanently, next time it will only take you 20 minutes to remove and replace lol.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085307 posted 09/13/12 06:56 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
So my last question is what 110 amp alt fits our cars???



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085339 posted 09/13/12 11:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
i think the 110 amp is out of the saturn...



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085388 posted 09/14/12 10:22 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Subaru as well, apparently. I'm not sure how much a "direct fit" it is, though. Or what model.

Curtis did it.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1085775 posted 09/17/12 03:06 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have one of Curtis' Subaru alternators, they come out of the 90s legacy. I think I used a generic GM alternator bolt, because it was the right length as the stock one was too short.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1086644 posted 09/23/12 12:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Just went with a stock replacement, since I saw what was mostly likely the cause of the failure in the first place. Seems that the oil leak at the filter housing is leaking and spraying oil all over the alt and everything else in that area. So I bought a pressure washer and got it all clean up, and now to try and see where it is leaking exactly. I'm thinking it the oil filter housing gasket needs to be replaced..



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1086829 posted 09/24/12 03:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The stud is probably loose, and it's likely leaking behind the pancake (aka piece of shit) oil cooler.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1092529 posted 11/03/12 06:15 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Ok so I got the alternator back in and now I can get the belt to tighten back up. I got a new and compare it to the old everything matches up but I cnt get it to tighten. What am I doing wrong??



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1092584 posted 11/04/12 08:21 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Does the tensioner bolt tighten all the way down and have you slid the tensioner bolt to one side of the tensioner bracket before tightening the bolt?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1092799 posted 11/05/12 05:21 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
push down on the alternator be for you tighten that tension-er bolt, witch i beleave is a 12mm, then when you have the alternator be pushed down tighten that bolt, and i dont know if you want to do this or not but i but a nut on the other side of the tension-er bolt and tighten that one down, so your alternator wont move after you do that.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1100190 posted 12/27/12 09:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Oh boy, is this fun. My alternator decided to be a superstar and pump 19V, so today I pulled it out to replace. After struggling with the removal, I started the reinstallation. Of course, the retaining clip broke off the aged and brittle connector, so now retention of the plug will be a problem. Have to see about getting one of those tomorrow (fingers crossed local alt shop has one...).

Also, with the replacement in, I had to basically use all the adjustment to get the belt tight. Measured the pulley, and it is 3mm in diameter (!) smaller than the original. Wow, not even noticeable to me at a glance, but now I have to decide if I take it back out again to exchange the pulleys. Probably will since I need to fix the harness anyway.

Waste of an afternoon, that's for sure...



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1100211 posted 12/27/12 11:29 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting iceman69510:

Oh boy, is this fun. My alternator decided to be a superstar and pump 19V, so today I pulled it out to replace. After struggling with the removal, I started the reinstallation. Of course, the retaining clip broke off the aged and brittle connector, so now retention of the plug will be a problem. Have to see about getting one of those tomorrow (fingers crossed local alt shop has one...).

Also, with the replacement in, I had to basically use all the adjustment to get the belt tight. Measured the pulley, and it is 3mm in diameter (!) smaller than the original. Wow, not even noticeable to me at a glance, but now I have to decide if I take it back out again to exchange the pulleys. Probably will since I need to fix the harness anyway.

Waste of an afternoon, that's for sure...




makes me feel better about taking my alternator off thinking it was buzzing (when it turned out to be the abs motor)...had it off in 8 minutes...took over an hour to get it back on cause I couldn't get that one pin to go all the way through for some reason....on a dark snowy night.....felt like a total moron esp when I put it in a few weeks ago, total remove and install took maybe 40min.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1100240 posted 12/28/12 04:20 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Keep the stock heatsheild around the turbo/dump pipe (or make a new one) and you'll not need to replace the alternator so frequently.

I did 4 in 8 years before I figured this out



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1100272 posted 12/28/12 12:21 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I always keep that heatshield. this is the original alternator on the car, and I took it to the local place this morning to get a rebuild estimate. He also had a used alt plug for me which I have wired in already.

I noticed too late that the same plug used for the alternator is used for one of the ABS connections on that bracket at the left front of the car. If you no longer have ABS, you can steal that connector if you need one. Wire size is much larger, so have fun splicing.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1100299 posted 12/28/12 04:23 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Wow excellent find on the plug swap with abs plug iceman



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1100394 posted 12/29/12 11:44 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting GVR41380:

push down on the alternator be for you tighten that tension-er bolt, witch i beleave is a 12mm, then when you have the alternator be pushed down tighten that bolt, and i dont know if you want to do this or not but i but a nut on the other side of the tension-er bolt and tighten that one down, so your alternator wont move after you do that.




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