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Old 01 Oct 2007, 05:16 pm
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Default 90 lude problems?

do u have to take off tha power steering belt when u change the alternator and which bolt loosens tha belt 4 the alternator
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 05:22 pm
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I own a 91 lude and just changed my drive belts this week. First disconnect the battery negative cable and remove the 2 connections at the alternator just to be safe.remove the 2 12mm bolts on the p/s pump. One is visible and the other is behind the pulley, you will need patience and a wrench for this one. After the bolts are out drop down the pump and remove the belt, you will have to twist it a little to get it around the crankshaft pulley. With a rag remove the hose from pump, fluid will leak out a little so be careful not to get it into the alternator. Set the pump on the valve cover.You will now see a 14mm bolt, this is the pivot bolt. Loosen it, you dont have to remove it completely, but just enough to so that the alternator will be able to swing down later. Now get a 12" extension and under the alternator on the left side will be an adjuster bolt. Loosen this bolt, but do not remove it, it will be a pain to put back in if it is taken out. After this bolt is loose, look at the front of the alternator, near the bottom is a stud with a 12mm nut on it, loosen the nut and the alternator will be able to drop. Loosen it so that you are able to drop the alternator enough to remove the belt. Remove and replace the belt and do the opposite of removal. Make sure that the new belt is on tight. It should have little deflection. Since it is new it will stretch and tension should be checked 15 minutes after driving. Make adjustments if necessary.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 05:30 pm
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I've replaced the alternator without loosening the power steering belt but it takes a bit of muscle to do it. You can merely take the two bolts out of the power steering pump mount and let it lay to the side, removing the belt. The belt is small enough that you will be able to lift the pump by hand while reinstalling the two mounting bolts with the belt back on the pulley.The power steering line to the pump is actually easy to remove and frees up a lot of space to remove the alternator too. Be sure to plug the lines and don't loose any o-rings!The alternator is adjusted by an adjuster in the very front and below the alternator. Two bolts must be loosened before the adjuster can change the tension on the belt. I think it is 10mm. good luck!
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