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How do you remove the alternator mounting bracket on a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan?

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2010-02-04 18:05:17
2010-02-04 18:05:17
working on itJust removed mine this afternoon. I tried to just unbolt it, unhook it and remove it. NOT... Drove to parts store to buy a Haynes Manual (couldn't find the one I already bought). V6 engines remove windshield wiper housing (no real info on that...).

There it is, "remove alternator mount bracket" with no advice on how to do it. Turns out there is a nut on the bottom inside that attaches to a bolt that is part of the Belt tensioner that goes through the bottom hole. I had to push the alternator all the way to the right to get to it. That is in addition to the other three bolts. I got the bracket off and the alternator out. Have to wait till tomorrow for someone to order the 120A alternator.

The tensioner came off (only held by that one bolt). I hope it goes back O.K. Will try to post an edit tomorrow (7/3/06).

Put it all back together. Worked well. Don't hook the alternater up until ready to bolt back (after mounting bracket). Tensioner went back with no problems. Had to move alternator to far right to get nut started and finger tight on tensioner bolt. Then moved to far left to tighten with 15mm wrench a tiny bit at a time. Good luck and have fun. I did :)

UPDATE (8/16/07):

The impossible belt tensioner nut/bolt on the bottom of the alternator bracket does not need to be removed to extract the alternator. Repeat...step away from the nut.

As long as the rest of the alternator bracket is unbolted, you can rock the main bracket back and forth to free the alternator.

You will need to pop loose the windshield washer drain hose to make some more room for removal. Turn the alternator so that the pulley is facing toward you and its two bolt holes are in a vertical position. The alternator should pull right out with little effort.

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