Hi CJ MEDEVAC and any others who may be checking this out.
The "Soap" continues with our hero giving up on the grind reduction of the alternator housing. Too much needed to be cut out. Stopped @ 1/3 way seeing the futility of it. :(
But did find a simple and somewhat 'easy' way to get the sensor out without full removal of the alternator or belt removal. Loosen all three retaining bolts but leave them in!. With care, pull the alternator out SLOWLY. The long bolt in the lower fire-wall side will come out and you may need to help in that. The Alternator will pull itself to the front (of the car) and up. This is the belts' tension effect. Now jiggle the alternator enough to give room to slide the Crankshaft sensor out. Prepare the new sensor with dab of oil around gasket and electric grease in the connector (optional). Slip it in. Now with the aid of a persuader (leverage bar) jockey the Alternator into position and carefully reinstall the bolts taking care as to not strip the threads or the Aluminum (soft) housing. You may need 'four hands' to do this easily. I did it with two. But am "on order" for two more. Plus arms. :)
*** If you ever remove the alternator I would take that opportunity to cut away the section of housing that blocks the Crankshaft sensor removal. Replace the cut out section with a (now removable) hollow dowel. O that will just drop out when removing that. ONE rear bolt past it.
*** A follow up to the mistaken replacement of the Camshaft sensor with the new Crankshaft sensor. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME ! But the engine ran perfectly. And more quietly than ever before. Replaced the old Cam shaft sensor too. ( That is the one found on the left upper engine just below the plastic wire harness near the front.)
Gas mileage has showed 15% improvement with more power and quicker response to gas pedal. I think it is done
and with many thanks to the help and direction of THE MEDIC !
Best regards, and 'thank you'. 650BSA
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 AT 4:01 PM