I’m having trouble removing/replacing the alternator in my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe V6-3.3L. I have already disconnected the battery and the electrical harness, and removed the drive belt and all of the mounting bolts per the Hyundai service website, http://www.hmaservice.com. The problem is that there isn’t enough room to lift the alternator out of the engine compartment now that it is detached from the engine and elecrical system. The instructions for removing the alternator on the Hyundai service website do not mention that anything else needs to be accomplished before removing the alternator out of the engine compartment. I have twisted, turned, and flipped the alternator every which way I can, but I still cannot squeeze it through the top or bottom of the engine compartment, or on the side by the passenger wheel well. I even removed the fan thinking that would give me enough room to pull it out but that did not work either. What am I missing? Any suggestions?
Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 6:06 PM