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Old 10-13-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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Anyone have any good instructions for removing the alernator on a 2002 Nissan altima?? It looks like its going to be a PITA!!! I don't understand why anyone would ever buy a foreign vehicle. Even changing the plugs on this thing requires you to remove the intake....its crazy.
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you can drop it out the bottom. it's gonna take some finess and you'll have to remove the tensioner pulley. should be 4 bolts. there aren't fun to work on i know first hand. i put hot shots headers on mine. i'd rather let someone kick me in the junk than do it again. you can try maxima.org or altimas.net very informative forums. they know what they are talking about for the most part.


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I found some downloadable service manuals. It looks like there is going to be more to it than that. It is the 3.5. I have to remove the radiaitor to get it out. This is just crazy!! But its got to be done and I am not going to pay 300-400 dollars to have a shop do it when I have the tools and can do it myself. Thanks for the reply.
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You have to take the radiator out? LOL. Did they design the engine in the dark?
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Exactly my thoughts!! It is ridiculous man. This whole setup is ridiculous. I will never own a foreign vehicle! If this had been a camaro or something, the thing would have been replaced a long time ago. Now I am at a point to where I can't get the bottom alternator bolt out. The bolt sticks out too far to get a short socket on it...the frame is too close to get a long socket on it...It sits too far in to get a wrench on it. It is about to drive me nuts man. I have never had so much trouble working on cars.
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Reminds of of doign the alternator on my 85 300zx. took 2 days and went defective 2 weeks later. thought i was going to kill myself.
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Well, I am still stuck on the bottom bolt. You just can't get on it with anything! I have almost got the damn bolt so messed up that I don't know if I can get a socket on it anymore or not. I don't know what I am going to do now.
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I may try to take one later....I am frustrated with it now, and I need to take a break before I really tear up something...HAHA!!
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This will solve the problem

Or this
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Two VERY good ideas!!!

The thought has crossed my mind many times!!
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Well, I finally got the damn thing out. I completely messed the nut up on it and my only other options were to use my EZ out sockets or cut it off. I threw one of the EZ out sockets on it and the thing came right off...ridiculous. But its off.
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I also broke a bolt changing the alternator on my Z. these japanese engineers use infireor design.
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Now I go to get a replacement belt as well. The OEM part number that I have found is a 6PK1075. Autozone only shows the PS belt and not the other one. They only have a 6PK1065 and 1085. I wonder which one I should get? Any ideas?
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Can you post the site where you got the downloadable manuals or send me an email. I have to change out my alt this weekend. I also have the 3.5 and it looks like it will be a lot of work.

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Can you post the site where you got the downloadable manuals or send me an email. I have to change out my alt this weekend. I also have the 3.5 and it looks like it will be a lot of work.

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Man, that's been a while. I just ran up on them through one of the Nissan forums. They were on a pc that crashed and I don't think I even have them anymore. Basically, you will have to pull the passenger side wheel and go in from that side. It will be best if you have a wobble extension to get that bottom bolt I was talking about. I would actually try to get that one out first. I moved the alternator every direction I could think of and it just would not come out without removing the radiator. It said to remove it in the manuals but I was determined to not remove it....I was wrong! It's not really that hard...just a PITA because I am so used to things being easy on American vehicles.


I will look tonight to see if I still have the manuals
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Hey I have to replace the alternator in my 2002 Altima 3.5. Did you ever find those manuals or have any more advice?

Did you have to remove the radiator?


Thanks for responding and the advice above. Oh and wish me luck
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Hey I have to replace the alternator in my 2002 Altima 3.5. Did you ever find those manuals or have any more advice?

Did you have to remove the radiator?


Thanks for responding and the advice above. Oh and wish me luck
No, they were on a pc that crashed and I had to reload. But if you google your question and just read through the replies, you should be able to find someone that will advise where to download them...that's how I got them in the first place. Go to nissanforums.com (I think) and search for manuals. My advice is to be patient. I got frustrated and messed a bolt up and had one helluva time getting it out.

Removing the alternator is pretty self explanatory. I would first check to see if you can maneuver it out from the bottom or maybe even the top without removing the radiator. Some say they have gotten it out...I had to remove the radiator to get it out. Let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions. I'll help as much as I can
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