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Old 01-23-2005, 11:23 AM   #1
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I have loosed the bolts which hold the alternator and moved the alternator down as far as possible, I can't get the belt off. It's loose but I can't pull it off the alternator or power steering pullys.

Actually I don't want to damage the belt or pully by using a screw driver for leverage. Does any one have any suggestions?

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Old 01-23-2005, 12:49 PM   #2
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It should just come off, unless it has been replaced previously with the wrong (too small) size belt. Is everything 100% stock, no underdrive pulleys?
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:56 PM   #3
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You did adjust the belt tension adjustment slider bolt, I hope. If not the alternator won't move very far and you'll not get the belt off. I know this is pretty obvious, but just making sure.
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Old 01-23-2005, 02:08 PM   #4
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I have loosend the bolt which glides the adjustment slider bolt, as well as the bolt itself. The alternator is able move down until it can't go any further. Yet, the belt grooves can not slide over the pully troughs.

I am starting to think my beloved dealership gave me the wrong belt but I read somewhere else in here that someone else had to pry it off. They did not state how they did it.
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Old 01-23-2005, 07:58 PM   #5
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There is also a bolt that holds the alternator onto the bracket on the right. If you loosen that it should give you enough slack.edited, (bolt, not belt) Sorry bout that.

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Old 01-24-2005, 12:44 AM   #6
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On the alternator belt adjuster, you should go down all the way until there is little of the bolt bottom seen in the screw block.

By then there should be some clearance between the bolt head and the head surface of the adjusting screw of about a 1/2 inch. If you have more than that, try pressing down on the alternator and see if it goes down any further, as those tend to seize early before the max travel.

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