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Old 10th December 2021, 04:21 PM
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You can just take out one end of the hose thats in the way and plug it with something (thats what I've done) if you are quick enough, you will lose less than 500ml of coolant.

Then replace the alternator, plug the coolant hose back in, and top the level up with a 1l bottle (once again thats what I've done) and the car has been fine ever since.

It's a good time to also inspect the infamous junction box for the positive cable coming off the alternator and also the chassis ground.

I've had my ground butchered with a helicoil so had to drill and tap a new ground point. After I've done that my charing went up form 13.7 to around 14V instantly.
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So, after looking at the access jiggling the coolant hoses makes sense, thanks for that.

Quick look today, one thing I have an issue getting to is item 2 as indicated below. Info says Lock nut 15mm A/F. Ok is it a prise out, unscrew or what? I can't seem to get a spanner near it as the other dipstick (one being me) tube is in the way.



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Old 11th December 2021, 02:28 PM
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You just have to undo the bolt, the nut is part of the alternator casing and is permanently attached to it
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You just have to undo the bolt, the nut is part of the alternator casing and is permanently attached to it
Now that makes sense. Cheers Ronin.
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OK. I took out the Alternator today:

Quick look at the junction box - all seems good.


wiggled it so the back end dropped out below.


Removed two bolts from a 'brace' or strap consisting of thin steel which gave enough downward movement to remove the alternator from below. No removal of coolant hoses or fan body to facilitate this



The alternator.


The regulator / rectifier?


I found that there was some 'clutch' when spinning the alternator clockwise, but looking at the overall condition I am thinking it wise to source a new replacement
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Old 18th December 2021, 08:06 PM
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Good work.

BTW I have just ordered that coolant hose which runs too close to the AC compressor, its gonna be 20 inc. postage if you still want it. I'll have it by late january
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Good work.

BTW I have just ordered that coolant hose which runs too close to the AC compressor, its gonna be 20 inc. postage if you still want it. I'll have it by late january
Yep. I will take one. Just PM'd you
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