Removing/Replacing alternator

Tiny
MWESTBY
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  • 1999 ISUZU RODEO
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 220,000 MILES
I would like to know how to remove the alternator. Can I use the tensioner pulley to loosen the serpentine belt and slip the belt off the alternator? If so, can I relieve pressure on the tensioner after slipping it off alternator? Then I can disconnect the bad alternator and remove it right? After removal I should be able to connect the new alternator and mount it on the bracket then use tensioner pulley to loosen the serpentine belt and slip it back onto the new alternator pulley correct? Your help is greatly appreciated! If you could answer ASAP that would greatly help. I am in danger of it being towed where it died. Thanks
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 5:44 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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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?
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 6:22 PM
Tiny
AL514
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Here is a diagram of the serpentine belt, make sure you disconnect the negative battery cable first, use the tensioner pulley to remove the belt and reinstall it. Then you can remove and reinstall the new alternator.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
AL514
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Opps sorry Car Doc got this one.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 6:50 PM
Tiny
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I believe it is the alternator because I put a new battery in about a month ago. I was driving and my radio quit working then my headlights and instrument cluster dimmed and when I parked it the battery light and brake light illuminated. And the truck idled like it was losing power.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 6:58 PM
Tiny
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Also, would you know the exact tools needed to complete this repair on my year of Isuzu? Exact wrench and socket sizes? And can I use a regular ratchet or wrench for the tensioner. I do not have a breaker bar.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
AL514
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I believe the tensioner bolt is a 14 or 15mm and can be done with a wrench it will just be tough to pull the tensioner back with a shorter wrench.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 7:42 PM
Tiny
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Okay. Thank you all so much! This will be the site I go to for answers from now on! Thank you for passing your knowledge on. I am a self taught mechanic never had anybody in my life to teach me anything about vehicles. Your help is appreciated more than you know.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2016 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
KEN
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Glad we could get it fixed please use 2CarPros. Com anytime we are here to help

Best, Ken
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 AT 7:06 PM

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