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#722620 - April 18th 2017 5:49 pm Need some help installing alternator  
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After breaking a bolt off in my old alternator I gave up trying to drill it out and just bought a new alternator. Now I cant get it in! My factory service manual doesnt show it installed so Its no help. The bolt that the alternator swivels on goes into the engine. I have 2 spacers but Im not sure exactly where they go. I think the long one goes into the middle as shown in the picture below. I then have a smaller one i think goes in between the adjusting bracket and the alternator. The weird thing is that if i put it there then the long bolt going into the engine block doesnt screw in all the way. Im confused. Can anyone post pics or help me out?

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#722621 - April 18th 2017 5:50 pm Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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<a href="http://s14.photobucket.com/user/xscorex/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20170418_184154.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/xscorex/Mobile%20Uploads/20170418_184154.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 20170418_184154.jpg"></a>


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#722622 - April 18th 2017 5:52 pm Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Not sure why pics arent working here is a direct link

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/xscorex/20170418_184154.jpg


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#722623 - April 18th 2017 6:20 pm Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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#722628 - April 18th 2017 6:55 pm Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Thanks catfish. I finally figured it out. Now i cant get enough tension on it to line up and put the retaining bolt in. Are there any tricks? The manual says to use a pry bar and put pressure on it. That doesnt seem scientific. Whats the trick?
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#722629 - April 18th 2017 6:56 pm Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Weird. What am I doing wrong with my pics?

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#722639 - April 18th 2017 9:32 pm Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Been a long time since I had a anything with V-belts. But I never had to pry on the alternator just to get the bolts to line up. Before tightening the bolts, it should be free to move (without the belt of course) with all the bolts in.


In the photobucket link, change the s14 in the first line and the i14 in the second line to img and they'll show like always. I have to do that to my photos too but not everybody does. Photobucket added some new host servers, new tree squirrels or something and its a little f'ed up. If they won't show, then the little fix will get around whatever has changed.

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#722649 - April 19th 2017 4:48 am Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Originally Posted by Kylescore
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Weird. What am I doing wrong with my pics?


Lol weird thanks catfish. Ok maybe I need to take the belt off first put in tge bolt THEN put the belt back on and pry it to put tension on it.


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#722650 - April 19th 2017 4:51 am Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Also i bought a new alternator with 2 pulleys instead of one like my stock one on in case I put in an air conditioner later. Im assuming the belt goes into the groove closest to the alternator


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#722663 - April 19th 2017 9:44 am Re: Need some help installing alternator [Re: Kylescore]  
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Hey Kyle,

I think you're on the right track. I'm not an expert, but I just did the alternator on the big Dodge, so hope this helps. Any Dodge Boys out there in Vannerland feel free, eh.

My Alternators are different, but the long spacers insert in the middle of the body to support the tabs, the short one closest to the block. The sleeve in the inner mounting tab will slide to take up any slack. Hard to see, but it looks right in the last picture. Assemble it all and just snug up the bolts. They key is to align the pulleys so the belts run straight.

I don't see the adjustment bracket setup in your pic, but put a big screwdriver in between the alternator body and the block, and pry outward to put tension on the belt. It doesn't take much. Three hands do help. 1/2 inch of deflection is good. Tighten the bolts. Vroom. Cold one...

Van on Kyle!

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