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Old 07-27-2020, 11:46 PM   #21
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Congratulations. Good luck getting the new one in!
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Here's some more info on how to do this job yourself. I did it myself and it wasn't too hard.

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> Remove the metal brake line at the connection to the rubber brake line.

This should not have to be done for alternator removal. now you have to bleed the brake line. Easy for you may not be easy for everyone. Instructions posted earlier in the thread are for an XR auto, it possible to get it out without any brake line opening.
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Old 05-05-2021, 06:48 PM   #24
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As this thread still gets a visit now and then, I wanted to both give thanks to those who have contributed and add a little information to the soup.

Firstly, all advice given early on here is correct. The alternator most certainly does fit out of the wheel liner area, albeit barely. With the aid given here that part went well for me. I found getting to the electrical connections to be a bear. Maybe I have fat hands, but getting decent access so as to not break the plastic connector and visualize the ring terminal was a time killer for me. I ended up pulling the top mounting bolt, rotating the unit back/down, at which point I could see and touch my targets.

Secondly, getting the engine in the sweet spot position to allow the alternator to drop through wasn't a quick process, but I think I found a decent cheat. I removed only the bolts from the body of the car on the mount, then, with the engine supported under the oil pan for safety still, I attached a strap to the lift hook on the passenger front of the engine and carefully ratcheted the engine forward. I'd say it was no more than 1/2 inch, just enough to keep the engine stationary and wiggle the alternator out.

Again, I realize much of this ground has been covered but I did want to relate a successful swap of an alternator and an agreement with many who said it wasn't a terrible job. 2-3 hours with clean up and test drive.
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Do you have any photos of that difficult connector? Or could you describe how it is and how to remove it?

I only remember it being very difficult.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:43 PM   #26
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I neglected to mention in my post that I was on my back under the Astra for the electrical connections. Not the best place to snap a pic, but it is the square plastic connector I was most concerned about. There is a blue plastic tab lock which must be pulled out to the side in order to depress the black tab and wiggle the connector free. If you don't get that lock out of your way there is little doubt you'll be breaking something. Trying to manipulate it from the top was only serving to aggravate me, which also leads to breakage, I've found. Ordinarily with GMs the tab lock is pulled straight up at the top of the connector, so this was definitely more Opel.
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