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Old 07 Oct 2012, 12:22 pm
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Default Access to alternator bolts

I know the various threads on tightening/changing the alternator belt but i ran into a small problem. I made an attempt to tighten the alt belt today as it occasionally squeals a bit on startup. I got to the lower (pivot) bolt no problem. Its the top two i cant reach. I can see both bolts from above that i need to get to but cant reach them with any of my wrenches. My question is how did others do this without removing any other components from the car.Long reach spanner from above to slacken the top bolt and then another long reach to turn the adjuster bolt??

P.s. the haynes manual simply says loosen the bolts forgetting that some of us have hands like a slab of ham! Oh and my car is uk spec so some things might be placed slightly differently. The brake fluid res and air con pipes are kinda in the way a bit.
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Old 07 Oct 2012, 01:19 pm
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Default Re: Access to alternator bolts

I used a ratcheting box wrench on mine with not too much difficulty.
If yours is right hand drive then all that stuff is probably in the way...
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Old 07 Oct 2012, 04:12 pm
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I used a ratcheting box wrench on mine with not too much difficulty.
If yours is right hand drive then all that stuff is probably in the way...
i used a ratchet wrench too
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Old 07 Oct 2012, 05:07 pm
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Default Re: Access to alternator bolts

I would as well but no way for it to fit down there! Must be rhd hex!
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Old 07 Oct 2012, 06:34 pm
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yea even on our cars the room is limited to get in there. i remember the ratchet wrench moving like 5 clicks at a time
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Old 07 Oct 2012, 06:57 pm
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Default Re: Access to alternator bolts

On the US engines i remove the sensor off the manifold and can easily reach over the manifold and get to the bolts. Not sure how your engine is laid out though.
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Old 08 Oct 2012, 01:35 am
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The uk haynes manual mentions nothing to do with removing components for easy access, just the splash panel for the bottom bolt. Must be a way though. Im posting the same question on the uk forum as well. Must be the different layout causing problems. Brake fluid res, brake lines and ac pipes all in the way.

Ill post a pic later to show you
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