Removing alternator from car

Tiny
RUSTY01
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  • 1993 MITSUBISHI DIAMANTE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
My wife has a 1993 Mitsubishi Diamante. The alternator went out & I decided to replace it. I am a marine technician with over 10 years experience so this ain't my first rodeo. I have the alternator off of the engine but cannot remove it from the car. It appears that the lower alternator bracket needs to be removed to let the alternator come out from under the car. The problem is, this bracket is way over-engineered. On the outside of the bracket, the oil psi. Sender screws into an oil galley which runs thru the bracket & into the block. The bracket is held on by 2 bolts on the front & 1 oil pan bolt from the bottom (and 1 timing cover bolt). I removed all the bolts & the bracket wouldn't budge. I assume that the oil pan now needs to come down to allow the bracket to "unplug" from the block. I have checked 2 library's & as many manuals as I can find with no luck. I want to make sure I am barking up the right tree before I go & pull the oil pan down. Please let me know if this is the right way to remove the alternator or not. Also, any diagrams of that confounded bracket/block would be greatly helpful. Thanks for your help.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 10:29 PM

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Tiny
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Hello !!

You didn t said if your engine its DOHC OR SOHC

That s why I m including both pictures ..

DOHC:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/576_mitsubishi_diamante_1.jpg




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/576_mitsubishi_diamante_1_1.jpg



And The SOHC:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/576_mitsubishi_diamante_2_1.jpg



hope it helps !!

BTW Any question do not hesitate to ask!

Good Luck!
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 11:47 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the diagrams. The engine is SOHC. The alternator is completely off of the engine. I have conflicting info on whether the alternator comes out thru the top or bottom of the car. Either way, several other things are going to have to come off of the engine to remove it from the car.

What else do I have to remove from the engine to get the alternator out of the car?

(Please keep in mind that the alternator is off of the engine & I can move it around in the engine compartment but it won't come out of the car.)

Thanks.
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Friday, January 4th, 2008 AT 12:44 PM
Tiny
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Hello Again.

Well the schematic for the SOHC shows everything you should remove to be able to remove the alternator (a lot of things!)

I would loosen the engine mounts and jack the engine up or move it to the side to gain the room you need to remove the alternator
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Friday, January 4th, 2008 AT 7:09 PM
Tiny
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Yep I had to remove the engine mounting bolts and I wedged a piece of wood to kick the engine to one side that gave me enough room to remove it. I love this site.
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Sunday, May 17th, 2009 AT 6:13 PM

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