Changing the alternator

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Changing the alternator

Post by Chas Uno on Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:31 am

As most of you know, I have a mk1 70SX fitted with a 1500 X19 engine, and also fitted with a UT top change gearbox. My question is:

- Can the alternator be changed without removing the intermediate drive-shaft?

With the original 70SX gearbox and standard (non equal length) drive-shafts in my car, the alternator could be changed without removing either the drive-shaft or the exhaust. With the top change gearbox and intermediate drive-shaft fitted, there isn't enough room to remove the alternator either from above or below.

How do UT owners change their alternators? Exhaust off? Drive-shaft off?

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Re: Changing the alternator

Post by jas_racing on Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:29 am

It was many years ago late one freezing cold Friday night but as I recall I had to remove the intermediate driveshaft but not the exhaust to swap my original mk1's alternator. Accessed/withdrawn through the o/s/f wheel arch.
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Re: Changing the alternator

Post by st1allstar on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:09 am

you take the inlet manifold off and pull the alternator up, you dont need to take off any of the exhaust or driveshafts off!
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Re: Changing the alternator

Post by Chas Uno on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:30 am

Thanks for the advice guys.

Mark, I'll check on my car though I think the 70SX exhaust manifold might get in the way. If it doesn't, removing the carb/ inlet manifold might be the best option.

Jas, I don't fancy removing the intermediate driveshaft as it's all secured and thread-locked into place! Such a shame Fiat didn't stick the alternator on the front of the engine to aid access...
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Post by st1allstar on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:31 am

its not difficult at all to change the alternator, you just have to lie under the car and undo the long bolt which holds the alternator in place
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Re: Changing the alternator

Post by Chas Uno on Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:41 am

I've changed many alternators before Mark, including in Unos! All other Unos they can come out from underneath by just squeezing past the long driveshaft. I've not changed one fitted to a Uno with the top changer gearbox, and the intermediate driveshaft and bracket reduces access underneath the alternator making it impossible to remove from underneath. Hopefully I can remove it from above like you said, after removing the inlet manifold.
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Re: Changing the alternator

Post by charliemk1 on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:45 am

Doesn't help with your problem Chas but. One good thing about working on X19's is all the them pain in the arse jobs on the Uno,- Now become easy. lol

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Re: Changing the alternator

Post by Chas Uno on Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:05 am

Charlie - GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
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