I had the same problem with my Santa fe until I did the following.
Disconnect the upper rad hose and move out of the way.
Next I removed the air conditioning fan completely out of the vehicle. You will have to undo a bracket that is holding the lower rad hose to the fan before this is possible.
The air box located at the right hand side of the front support will also have to be removed. You will then have to manouver the fan completely out of the engine compartment.
Next disconnect the cooling fan and move it into the position that the air conditioning fan occupied. It will take some manouvering to do this but it will give you the space that you will need to remove the alternator. Next work the alternator out between the engine and the front support and you will be done.
I hope this procedure will work for you.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 AT 1:01 AM