Thursday, February 21, 2008

4AG Tip #86-1

I've always noticed people always struggling to install alternators into their little 4AGs. Hammering, squeezing, prying the alternator into it's slot. Well folks there's a much simpler method to all that madness and i'll show you how. Some of you may already may know this simple trick. But a bunch more may not know, at least people that I've talk to don't.

The alternator has a sleeve that slides to adjust for varying alternators widths. The picture points to this sleeve and the direction you need to move.

Here's the SST to move the sleeve; 12mm hex head bolt and nut, washer, and the 15mm 3/8 socket. The size of the socket doesn't really matter much, as long as it fits of the sleeve.

This how it goes all together.

The next step is to tighten everything down. This will force the sleeve out creating a gap so the alternator will slide right in to the slot.

That's all there is to it. No hammers, pry bars, or cursing. I'm not sure what other cars this will work on, but i'm sure quite a few. You'll just need to see what works on your application.

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