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How do you loosen the tension to replace the alternator belt on a 1992 VW Passat?

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2006-05-02 14:43:30
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On my 90 VW Passat there are a total of 4 bolts that hold the alternator in place. Two at the top left are associated with the slotted metal bar that is used to slide the alternator back and forth to slip off the belt. The other two at the bottom (right and left) of the alternator are what you need to loosen to allow the alternator to pivot back and forth along the slotted bar. Loosen the top bolt first then the remaining two at the bottom to release the tension. You may need to use minor (hand) force to pivot the alternator then slip off the belt. Note you will need some long box mm wrench's to reach the bottom bolts. Remember also if you end up removing or changing your alternator that you disconnect the negative on your battery first.

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