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How do you remove the alternator from the engine bay of a 91 Geo Storm GSi after it is disconnected?


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2015-07-15 19:52:39
2015-07-15 19:52:39

You need to go to a car parts store, and get a repair manual for your car. They cost about $16.00 Or, go to a Public Library.

The repair manuals aren't too helpfull with this either. I've never done the job on a '91, but I did it on my '90, and I would assume they are about the same. With my '90, I was able to compress the CV joint boot up against the drive shaft, and wiggle the alternator around, and get it past the CV joint, and out the bottom. I actually used a small ball peen hammer to gently tap the alternator casing through the opening, it was that tight. I did the same to get the new alternator in. I would imagine that the job would be a LOT easier if you take the passengers side suspension apart, and move the drive shaft out of the way. If you move it just an inch or so forward, the alternator will come out a lot easier.

I had to remove my front passenger wheel for there to be room enough to get my old alternator out and then reversed the proceedure for re-assembly. Hope that helps.

Also, you should note that the bracket which is attached to the alternator; it has to come out "with the alternator" since the long bolt on the bottom of the alternator which connects the bracket to the alternator cannot be removed while it's in the engine bay. Just re-tighten that bottom long bolt (not too much) and remove the two lower bolts holding the bracket to the frame. Then once you got the alternator out, remove the long bolt holding the bracket and attach the bracket to the new alternator. Now you can install the new alternator. :)


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