2002 Kia Rio Incorrectly installed alternator

Tiny
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  • 2002 KIA RIO
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 91,000 MILES
New question to "the alternator is not installed correctly. Im assuming when the engine was replaced the mechanic who installed it left out a spacer for the alternator and when the alternator is now being installed when the bolts are tightened the alternator case is being distorted causing it to fail. I have seen this before."

If the spacer is installed, will I need a new alternator
or is it ruined by the incorrect installation?
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Saturday, May 17th, 2008 AT 2:25 PM

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Tiny
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Yes your alternator should be fine, you just need to put the right spacer in place.
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Saturday, May 17th, 2008 AT 3:24 PM
Tiny
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I called the Kia dealer and asked for the
alternator spacer and the parts clerk told
me he had no idea what I was talking about.
Help!

What part do I ask for?
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Monday, May 19th, 2008 AT 6:19 PM
Tiny
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Funny thats what I always called it. Your gonna have to bring it to your local shop and show it to them if possible. Take a picture or draw a diagram. Because some of these idiots have no idea. Or you can go to the parts place have them pull a alternator and show them what it is that u need
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Monday, May 19th, 2008 AT 10:33 PM

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