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Old 10-14-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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alternator quit on me

damn ive been searching and i cant find a diy with images and steps old threads images not working any who i just received my alternator and im about to do it my self
couple questions

do i have to remove the fan clutch ?
anybody done this?is it a little challenging ?

shoot some tips brahs

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Old 10-14-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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im assuming you have an auto?

yes, you'll have to remove the front.
the fan clutch is reverse threaded and DONT over tighten the top alternator bolt.. words of wisdom
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #3
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im assuming you have an auto?

yes, you'll have to remove the front.
the fan clutch is reverse threaded and DONT over tighten the top alternator bolt.. words of wisdom
any other way to remove the fan clutch with out the so called especial fan clutch tool ?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Yea just get the right size wrench (32mm) I think, put it on the nut and beat on the wrench(clockwise) and it should pop it lose. As far as putting it back on goes I'm sure you can use the same method. I got rid of mine so I have no experience putting it back on, I'm sure others can chine in. gl

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Old 10-14-2011, 11:04 PM   #5
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any other way to remove the fan clutch with out the so called especial fan clutch tool ?
Sup compa\\\?
You can go to a pawn shop and look for a 32mm slim wrench
kinda like this,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Ford-Fan...ht_2628wt_1219

Do you already have an alternator?
I have a valeo 120A for sale ese...
or if you have a Bosch I can tell you where to get parts to fix it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:13 PM   #6
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Sup compa\\\?
You can go to a pawn shop and look for a 32mm slim wrench
kinda like this,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Ford-Fan...ht_2628wt_1219

Do you already have an alternator?
I have a valeo 120A for sale ese...
or if you have a Bosch I can tell you where to get parts to fix it.
el pedo es
the thing is im dedicating saturday morning to this diy and im not going to have time to wait for the item otherwise i would have ordered the tools




is this method safe?


shshouldve asked you before i just bought one
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:20 PM   #7
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That youtube video is exactly what I did to remove the fan, except I paid $10 for the wrench,
should be no problem worst thing that could happen is that you miss the wrench with the hammer ant hit your huevos
Also before you mess with the alternator, make sure you disconnect the battery before you burn your car
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That youtube video is exactly what I did to remove the fan, except I paid $10 for the wrench,
should be no problem worst thing that could happen is that you miss the wrench with the hammer ant hit your huevos
Also make sure you disconnect the battery before you burn your car
nice !!!! ill post pics tommorow

is it that difficult to replace the alternator?
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nice !!!! ill post pics tommorow

is it that difficult to replace the alternator?
No, is just time consuming, maybe 3-4hrs if you're a noob...
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Op, how many miles on the car?

Im over 182k and wondering when its gonna be my turn

Please post your experience when you finish
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:51 PM   #11
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Op, how many miles on the car?

Im over 182k and wondering when its gonna be my turn

Please post your experience when you finish
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172k brah

elliots, i seemed to have found a leak or crack,on this plastic part in between 2 hoes that run from the expansion tank to the radiator i dont know what part number ,ill post pics

experience:its easy but takes time
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Here is what I found in my alternator when I was replacing voltage regulator:


New vs old regulator:
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:49 PM   #13
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172k brah

elliots, i seemed to have found a leak or crack,on this plastic part in between 2 hoes that runs from the expansion tank to the radiator i dont know what part number is it ,ill post pics

experiance:pending still worning on it
I think is called the thermostat housing..
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Here is what I found in my alternator when I was replacing voltage regulator:


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all that crap under tha regulator
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