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how do i remove the alternator from an 89 crx si. i'm doing it now and everything is in the way. what do i have to take out to make enough room.

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when i did it b4 i removed the brake master cylinder...but i dunno if you want to bleed yer brakes afterwards because thats a bitch to do. others say theres a way to take it out from under the car.
 

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It's easy man. There are 2 bolts you have to loosen. One is on top, and you can loosen that one easily. Thats the one that adust the tension. The other one is a LONG bolt, under the alternator....you can reach under and feel it from the top. You are better off putting the car on ramps and loosening it from underneath. Badda bing, the thing just slides off and there you go! Make sure you replace the belt while you are at it.

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i got the alternator off, but i can't get it out of its little area. and i dont know how to bleed break so i'm screwed if i need to. how do i get it out from the bottom?

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i did the same exact thing to my car about 1 month ago....u get it detached and you move it all over the place tryin to find a way to get it out and it doesnt slip through anywhere...i have a 91 crx....what i did was on the top right hand corner of my engine bay stuck out a silver bar thing which looks like it could come from around where the steering wheel is and 2bolts hold it in. and when you pull it out another smaller bar will come out too and you move that to the side and pull the alternator out and put the new one back in....it took me 2 hours to figure out to take this piece out and soon as i got it out the alternator came right out the top. if you have any problems u can email me at [email protected] or instant message me on that same name. its easy to do...and tell us how it goes.
 

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You know, I looked all over my engine bay for this silver bar thingy sticking out, and couldn't find one. LOL! I have the ZC in mine, and the easiest way to get the alternator out is to pull the oil filter and bring it through the bottom of the car. This is exactly how I have to do it on my Integra and there is a lot less room in that engine compartment than my Rex. It is the easiest way to do this. Pulling the master cylinder will work, but cause a lot of extra work to bleed the brakes. Hey, if you pull the oil filter, you can go ahead and do that oil change that probably needs to be done while you are under there.....:p
 

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I don't remember for sure, I haven't done a CRX alternator in a while, but I just did two integra alternators this weekend, and on these cars, there is no room at all, I know 96-8 civic I don't have to do it this way. Anyway, I usually pull the axle out, remove the bottom bracket for the alternator, and jack up the front of the engine to get all the extra room I can, then jam it through the bottom. Like I said, integra's are extra tight, should be a ton more room on CRX/Civic. With the 96-8's I just take out the lower bracket and it comes right out, hmmm... I bet that's because they don't use a halfshaft, so this should work for the CRX/Civic then.
 

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CRX-RX has it right if ou have not got it yet. Go through the bottom and remove the axle. Lots of room - piece of cake.

(assuming you can get under it, unike mine)
 

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NEED ALTERNATOR HELP ASAP

My dad is having problems getting it out.... he already broke the two bolts, lower mounting bracket and the pin & nut too. We're having so many problems with it and we dont know where to find these small parts to fix the junky alternator so we can take it to auto zone to buy the new one ($99.99... (Auto Zone requires you to take the old one in in order to buy the new one and if you dont you have to pay and additional 55 dollars.) I'd appreciate any advice on what to do. Thanks alot. Bye!
 

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wow when i had a ZC hatch i found the easiest wat to get it out was to pull the axle cause

1 master cylinder measn bleeding
2 oil filter means oil change

axle means popit out then back in i wasnt aware that stock Si's also had this problem........
 

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wow.. that shit sounds like a lot of trouble. have you tried pulling it up on the passenger side yet? slide the alternator across the engine bay underneath the intake manifold and pull it up from there.. most i have to do with mine is remove my intake. takes maybe 20 minutes to swap (have done it a few times.. damn schucks alt's)

you can also get to the bottom bolt from the wheelwell... just turn your steering wheel all the way to the left and you can see it back in there.
 

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yeah, i have to say getting under the car and removing the oil filter is the easiest way for me to get to the alternator. changing the oil is always a good thing...

when you pull an axle, dont you have to fill the tranny fluid back up anyway?


as for the core charge, they should give it to you even if the old one isnt in perfect shape...they rebuild them anyway. you shouldnt have any problem taking the reciept and old alt back (in the box you got from them) later and getting the $55 back. you can replace the nuts and bolts easily..if you need the specs, check out the service manual here:
http://www.crxpower.net/~silverkorn/manuals/CRX_Workshop_Manual.pdf
Charging System - Alternator: Section 16-55 through 16-64, pages 557-567
 

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Wow.......i didn't know people were having all these kinds of problems with alternators. This should take 20 min tops once you get the hang of it. I always take mine out from the bottom. I usually loosen all the alternator bolts before i jack up hte car, then i jack it up, remove the tire, slide the plastic cover inside the wheel well out of hte way (or take it out if you like) and then completely remove the alternator from the bracket. Now, you won't be able to remove it b/c the bracket is in the way, so remove the bracket........just two bolts.......and then slide the alternator out. Just follow the reverse order to get it back in. Once you figure it out you'll have it down for the next time you have to replace it.......because there will definitely be a next time.
 

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I am not going to go through all that trouble to replace an alternator. I will definately have to find an easier way. :D
 

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I have a b16a in my rex and the way the engine is mounted it leaves NO room to take the alternator out from the bottom and you cant fit it out from the top. So all had to do was unbolt the brake master cylinder and bend it to the side a bit with the brake lines still attached. It wont hurt it as long as you dont kink the lines. More than enough room to slide the alternator out.
 

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jessecrx said:
I have a b16a in my rex and the way the engine is mounted it leaves NO room to take the alternator out from the bottom and you cant fit it out from the top. So all had to do was unbolt the brake master cylinder and bend it to the side a bit with the brake lines still attached. It wont hurt it as long as you dont kink the lines. More than enough room to slide the alternator out.
That sounds easy enough I am getting my B16a soon so I will have to remember that... :D Thanks!
 

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jessecrx said:
I have a b16a in my rex and the way the engine is mounted it leaves NO room to take the alternator out from the bottom and you cant fit it out from the top. So all had to do was unbolt the brake master cylinder and bend it to the side a bit with the brake lines still attached. It wont hurt it as long as you dont kink the lines. More than enough room to slide the alternator out.


That's the other popular way, and only way i would take it out of the top.
 

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That's the other popular way, and only way i would take it out of the top.
Taking it out of the bottom sounds like a puzzel. If you only have to unbolt the master cylinder than thats alot easier then shifting parts all over the place for no reason. :(
 

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What he keeps having problems with is getting it unattached and out.... it's still in there. The bolts and pin were all rusted and he tried to unscrew them but it just wore away and then it broke off inside so now theres nothing to grab onto. This is the biggest pain in the ass and he has to have the car fixed for my friend by friday and we tried calling around for the parts (lower mounting bracket, the pin & bolt and the other two bolts but every1 keeps saying that dont have it. I just dont know what to do know.... :confused
 

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What he keeps having problems with is getting it unattached and out.... it's still in there. The bolts and pin were all rusted and he tried to unscrew them but it just wore away and then it broke off inside so now theres nothing to grab onto. This is the biggest pain in the ass and he has to have the car fixed for my friend by friday and we tried calling around for the parts (lower mounting bracket, the pin & bolt and the other two bolts but every1 keeps saying that dont have it. I just dont know what to do know.... :confused
Well I think there is some sort of drill bit that you can drill in there and then pull the old bolt out. You definately going to need new bolts... :(
 
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