If the generator really is bad, just get someone to jump-start your vehicle. That will allow you to drive it until the battery runs down. That can be from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on how many lights and other circuits you can leave turned off.
You described the belt removal procedure correctly. The spring-loaded tensioner pulley will only spring back just so far when you release it. The important point is to disconnect the negative battery cable before you put a wrench on the nut holding the large cable to the back of the generator.
One trick is to slide the belt off the generator pulley, then use a rubber bungee strap hooked to a hole in the under-side of the hood to keep a little tension on it. That will prevent it from falling off any of the other pulleys which can save a lot of time from trying to figure out how it was routed.
What makes you think the generator needs to be replaced?
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 6:22 PM